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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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

APYC 2019, Leela and Suzie at the talent night. 
Photo credit: Thilina Sandaruwan

Personal insights and better sibling relationships: two young Australians found some unexpected life changes at the Asia-Pacific Youth Conference (


Since its opening in 1968, Asia Plateau in India has hosted thousands of visitors.


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