Tribal violence and conflict have plagued the rural pastoral communities in Northern Kenya for decades. These crises result in routinely stolen livestock, burnt crops and homes, wounded or killed villagers, disbanded schools, and shattered communities. Villagers are forced to flee and resettle in other venues for indefinite periods of time. Government officials, police officers, school administrators, and teachers question the success of assistance projects, claiming that abject poverty and poor education will plague the area until the violence subsides.
Since 1992, IMTD has initiated and facilitated various conflict resolution and transformation projects among communities in Europe, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America. In 2016, IMTD launched the John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic, through which our graduate students work in pro bono teams to serve clients in Africa, South America, and the United States.
In 2001, NGO’s from Nepal approached IMTD to help with the issue of the Maoist insurgency. Since then, we have provided two trainings there and are looking forward to establish further projects in the fields of conflict resolution and trauma healing.
Since 1990, IMTD has conducted 12 trainings with the Tibetan Government, most recently in Bangalore, India in January, 2013.
The Climate Change and Human Security Program (CCHS), founded in 2015, facilitates conflict management at the intersection of climate change and issues of human security through environmental peacebuilding efforts. The CCHS team promotes stakeholder collaboration in order to better adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation.