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What a peacebuilder and a peace enabler looks like

Ariane Inkesha

Event: London Peace Talks 2018
Location: Salesforce Tower
Date: 11/12/2018

“I was slapped in the face by my own ignorance and arrogance and learned by first lesson: as an external actor to these contexts it wasn’t my peace to build, the only way I could contribute was to create the condition and the space for this community and society to sit and reflect and find their own solutions.”

Peacebuilder and Great Lakes Policy and Programme Officer for Rwanda at Interpeace, Ariane Inkesha, talks about the three biggest lessons she has learned in her professional work: (1) the importance of expanding our understanding and becoming peace enablers, (2) it is key to expand our imagination to create innovative solutions, and (3) believe, trust and foster the capacities of others to promote sustainable peace.

London Peace Talks 2018. Recorded at the Salesforce Tower on December 11, 2018.


Ariane Inkesha

Born and raised in Rwanda, Ariane is a peacebuilder and researcher who focuses on conflict transformation, youth and participatory governance. Ariane has worked in post-conflict contexts for over 10 years, where she has supported societies’ efforts to rebuild their social fabric and trustful relations with their governments. Among others, she has contributed with her knowledge, expertise and experience to programs in Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Great Lakes (Rwanda, Burundi, DRC), Kenya and Timor-Leste. She is currently the Great Lakes Policy Lead and Rwanda Program Officer at Interpeace. Ariane is also the co-founder and Vice President of Solid’Africa, a health care organization that attends the needs of financially vulnerable patients in public hospitals.