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We all face conflicts of different kinds throughout our lives, and by doing our part individually, we can collectively advance our world towards peace; one community, one person, and one day at a time.
The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) is a non-governmental organization with an international scope and reach, founded by Forest Whitaker in 2012. WPDI develops an array of peace-building programs, initiatives and campaigns to foster peace and reconciliation in disadvantaged and fragile communities in the different regions of the world, including Africa, Latin America and the United States.
Working in close cooperation with international organizations, civil society, grassroots organizations, and a network of experts, we promote youth empowerment, cultural diversity, continuous learning, capacity building, and access to internet connectivity and digital technologies. Our projects include on-the-ground programs combining education, life and wellness skills and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for peace and development, broadcast series, social events, as well as awareness campaigns.
One of the most innovative features of our projects is to aim at mobilizing the power of youth through a package that includes capacity-building and development, connectivity, support to economic and cultural community projects with a view to strengthening local communities, impacted by conflict, armed violence, insecurity, ethnic tensions as well as limited opportunities for socio-political development.
Our mission is to help societies impacted by destructive conflicts transform into safer and more prosperous communities. We work to empower and inspire youth, women, and global citizens to promote peace across the planet. We conduct and sustain our peace initiatives through conflict resolution education programs and methodologies, grassroots projects, and state of the art 21st century communication tools and content. Trainings provided by WPDI rest on a unique mix of peace-building, conflict resolution, mediation, life skills, vocational training, and ICT skills.