Programs and Initiatives

Regional Trust Building

Building bridges of trust with our neighbours

IofC Australia partners with IofC centres in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere on joint initiatives aimed at building bridges of trust among various communities. We host visits and exchanges, as well as supporting Australians to take part in IofC regional initiatives.

Some of our recent initiatives have included:

  • participation in a peacebuilding visit to New Zealand by a Christian-Muslim duo from Nigeria in the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre;
  • support for Australian youth to participate in the annual IofC Asia-Pacific Youth Conference; and 
  • hosting of three young professionals from IofC networks in Indonesia, India, and Zimbabwe to work with us on Australian community projects.

Program News

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Johnny Huckle entertaining the audience at Samvaad

Raymond Finn, Johnny Huckle and Andrew Flynn participate in the 6th annual Samvaad Tribal Festival in Jamshedpur, India and visit Nagaland.

Flowers and tributes at Linwood Avenue memorial for Christchurch mosque shootings, 20 March 2019
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Nigel Heywood writes about a peacebuilding response to the Christchurch massacre

 Pastor Wuye (L) and Imam Ashafa (R) speaking at a public event arranged by the Auckland Interfaith Committee.

IofC New Zealand invited two peacemakers from Nigeria to share their wisdom on healing, after the 15 March massacre of Muslims in Christchurch.

Nigel Heywood from Australia (left) interviews a community leader as part of a research project on community-based peace building in Sri Lanka. Image courtesy of Jeremy Liyanage.

Ethnic tensions have flared up in Sri Lanka after the recent devastating Easter Sunday bombings.

PeopleCraft partners in Melbourne. L-R: Abidha Niphade from India, Tinotenda Mhungu from Zimbabwe and Dahlia Rera O from Indonesia.

IofC Australia is strengthening the global IofC network through its new PeopleCraft program, which provides support for hosting IofC workers.

L-R: Justin Bergholcs, Susan Moylan-Coombs and Jennifer Moylan on wash-up duty at the Asia Plateau conference.

Australian Indigenous broadcaster and community leader, Susan Moylan-Coombs, addressed the ‘Breaking Barriers, Building Trust’ conference at Asia P