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Tool Kits | May 14, 2009

Amani Mashinani

Peace at the Grassroots

This booklet is a primer in effective approaches to building peace in divided communities anywhere. Rooted in creative initiatives to overcome ethnic violence in Kenya's Rift Valley, it outlines practical steps in bringing people together to negotiate, discuss contentious issues, craft local peace agreements or "social contracts," and carry out joint projects of interest to all parties, such as rebuilding a health center or constructing a rural road. It draws on the wisdom of Bishop Cornelius Korir of Burnt Forest, a CRS partner in peacemaking.


  • A step-by-step process

  • Case studies: Yamumbi/Kapteldon and Burnt Forest

  • Principles of grassroots peacebuilding

  • Qualities and values of the peacebuilder