Initiatives & Programmes

Our initiatives and programmes are wide-ranging, and designed to bring about change in a peaceful and thoughtful way, focusing on different groups and issues.

Here, you can find out more about our current programmes and how they are helping people to explore their own thoughts and take their journeys towards change.

IofC UK Agenda for Reconciliation

Agenda for Reconciliation

Agenda for Reconciliation (AfR) started as series of international conferences on peacemaking at IofC’s centre in Switzerland in the early 1990s. They were coordinated by IofC UK, and when the series ended, the coordinators continued their weekly meetings. In 2005, a particular focus began to emerge when leaders of the Somali community in the UK requested training in Dialogue Facilitation. Their country had collapsed, and the community was divided on clan lines. They believed that building trust within the diaspora would be a contribution to uniting the country when it became possible to return. The courses developed a network of…

IofC UK Business & Economy

Business & Economy

We are an international community of business leaders, entrepreneurs, strategic thinkers, consultants and researchers with a longstanding history in engaging and working with businesses and governments around the world. Since the 1950s, IofC has been involved with the business sector in the UK as well as having decades of dialogues in Caux, Switzerland and Asia Plateau, India.

IofC UK Creators of Peace

Creators of Peace

Creators of Peace transforms, empowers and engages women in peace creation. “The Peace Circle has helped me realise that rather than my life reacting to events and people, I can take responsibility for the direction it is meant to take. In that process I can also include others who want to make a difference, but who doubt their own ability.” Peace Circle participant, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Creators of Peace is a global women’s peace initiative that was launched in 1991 at the Initiatives of Change conference centre in Caux, Switzerland, by Anna Abdallah Msekwa, a respected politician and trailblazer of…

IofC UK Migrants and Refugees as Re-Builders

Migrants and Refugees as Re-Builders

Welcome to the 'Migrants and Refugees as Re-Builders' initiative. This was a three-year Erasmus+ project to improve the training of migrants and refugees through adult education. Migrants and Refugees as Re-Builders (KA2 Cross-borders Intercultural and Societal Entrepreneurs) was a partnership of organisations from the UK, Turkey, Sweden, and Spain who developed innovative training responses to support migrants. Refugees and internally displaced people from the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, Magreb and Latin America. The project aimed to support adult educators of migrants and refugees in settling into their new communities, re-building their lives, and eventually contributing to the development…

IofC UK Peace Begins at Home

Peace Begins at Home

The ‘Peace Begins at Home’ Intergenerational Dialogue training workshops were developed in 2010 by the Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD) in partnership with IofC UK. SIDD is a Somali community organisation dedicated to reconciling Somalis among themselves and with the host community. The training was born out of the pain and conflict between Somali parents and children of refugees and immigrants background as they continue to grapple with the reality of integrating into British society. This training now forms part of a wider national 'Communities' programme that works with diverse grassroots partners delivering projects aimed at tackling community…

IofC UK Refugees as Re-Builders™

Refugees as Re-Builders™

The Refugees as Re-Builders™ (RRB) is an active programme for settled diaspora refugees’ leaders and professionals originating in war torn regions of the world. The programme’s three focus areas are: Training courses that are specifically created to engage perspectives of refugees essential in rebuilding their home countries – if/when the opportunity presents itself. Covering key skills in three interlocking themes of Dialogue for Social Cohesion, Ethical Leadership for Just Governance and Sustainable Livelihood. Faculty of Trainers, developing contents learning methodology and experiential outcome of the course Mentorship in developing Community of Practice for all participants who completed the training courses…

IofC UK School for Changemakers

School for Changemakers

School for Changemakers or SfCM, has been IofC-UK’s flagship leadership programme for young people. In 2020, it commemorated its 10th Anniversary. SfCM is partly skills based, partly reflective, partly discursive, partly inter-cultural, heavily convivial, inspirational, focused on sound principles of youth work and always rooted in the spiritual experience of IofC. Its ‘curriculum’ closely matches the Tools for Change conference format of early morning quiet times, inspirational plenaries with guest speakers, community groups, elective training tracks, an evening social programme and late night activities which can include dance, games and drama. Character studies of Buchman and Laure, and the involvement…

IofC UK The Sustainable Communities Programme

The Sustainable Communities Programme

The Communities Programme was initiated in 2012 as the result of a strategic planning process in IofC after the London riot in 2011. Its intention was to address the moral and spiritual challenges facing communities and taking action to develop and mobilise communities to tackle critical issues.