WELCOME TO CENTRE FOR PEACE ADVANCEMENT IN NIGERIA
The Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN) works to create peaceful communities in Nigeria by promoting peacebuilding and development through dialogue, conciliation services, training, research and disseminating accurate and reliable information on peace and development.
The goals of the organisation include:
Strengthening local capacities for sustainable peace and development in communities.
The promotion of peaceful coexistence and harmony among people of diverse ethnic and religious affiliations in communities.
Promoting peace education among children and young people in school and out of school.
Empowerment of women and youth for effective negotiation, dialogue and mediation.
Producing research and documentation.
Reducing poverty through the promotion of good governance.
The organization has good working relationship with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Nigeria, Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos; Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Movement (JPRM), TEKAN Peace Desk, APURIMAC, Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management and Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies of the University of Jos. This goes to demonstrate CEPAN’s networking capacity for and the confidence and integrity it has earned over time among social development practitioners in Plateau state and beyond. CEPAN believes that no one organization can work alone and make greater import in the society. Therefore, the organization has always networked, partnered and collaborated with individuals, groups and other organizations with similar objectives for the purpose of attaining sustainable peace and development in the communities. In other words, the organization has good working experience of collaborating, partnering or networking with both local and international organizations that are passionate about social development – promotion of peace, development and democracy in Nigeria. Under the first and second phases of the strategic peace programme in plateau state, CEPAN established a 30-member interfaith peace teams in 9 selected local governments in the state. These peace teams were trained in the rudiments of conflict transformation, peacebuilding and conflict early warning and early response (EWER) aimed at building their capacity to effectively promote and foster peaceful coexistence, understanding and respect for values. The empowerment of these community members in conflict management was a deliberate action to make communities participate and own the project.
Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN) is an interfaith, not for-profit making, non-governmental organization established in February 2004. The organization came about as a result of response to the plethora of sectarian violent conflicts in Nigeria by a group of peace-building practitioners. These concern people have actively been involved in peace work for so many years working especially with different Christian Faith-Based Organizations to promote peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians in Plateau state and Nigeria. The organization aims at strengthening the values of peace, mutual understanding and tolerance among the diverse ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria. CEPAN was registered in 2006 by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria as an interfaith, not-for-profit making, and non-governmental organization. The Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN) works to create peaceful communities in Nigeria by promoting peacebuilding and development through dialogue, conciliation services, training, research and disseminating accurate and reliable information on peace and development.