How we work for peace and how you can support us
This year we mark the tenth anniversary of the Kofi Annan Foundation, which I founded after I stepped down as Secretary General of the United Nations. Through the Foundation I have continued to work for peace, development and human rights, the principles and causes that I championed during my tenure as Secretary General…
What if world peace were not an illusion but an achievable objective? What if the barriers to peace had been identified and citizens, governments and corporations could join forces to break them down? We have identified five major barriers on the road to peace and are calling on your support to help us break them down…
- BangladeshMediation and Crisis Resolution
Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine travelled to Cox’s Bazaar to meet with and consult local officials and communities displaced from Myanmar.
- BelgiumPromoting Youth Leadership
The Extremely Together toolkit and online platform were launched in Brussels in March 2017 at a conference, hosted by the European Commission, on the role of youth in countering violent extremism.
- CameroonSupporting Elections and Democracy
The Foundation organised a “dialogue participatif” between electoral stakeholders, the main political parties, the election commission and the diplomatic community to agree on the key challenges ahead of the 2018 elections.
- ColombiaPromoting Youth Leadership
Extremely Together Young Leaders inspired others to join the Extremely Together movement at the One Young World Summit in Bogota.Building Lasting Peace
The Foundation brought together experts, policy-makers and practitioners in a high-level symposium on reconciliation convened by Mr. Annan in Bogota.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- FranceCombatting Hunger
Mr. Annan participated in the One Planet Summit in Paris and met with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to discuss climate action.
- GermanyPromoting Youth Leadership
Extremely Together’s Mimoun Berrissoun works to engage with young people affected by extremism.
Hassan Ndugwa from Uganda joined Mimoun in Cologne in order to raise young people’s awareness of the threat of violent extremism through a series of inspirational talks and a football tournament under the theme “Kick it against Hate”.
Extremely Together’s Countering Violent Extremism guide and accompanying year-long outreach campaign won the 2017 Digital Communication Award in Berlin.
- GreeceSupporting Elections and Democracy
Kofi Annan opened the Athens Democracy Forum with a keynote address promoting the priorities and messages of the Foundation’s Electoral Integrity Initiative.
- ItalyCombatting Hunger
Mr. Annan joined over 250 stakeholders at the Global Nutrition Summit in Milan to accelerate the global response to end malnutrition.
- LibyaPromoting Youth Leadership
Extremely Together young leader Hajer Sharief works to engage women and young people in peace building.
- MalaysiaSupporting Elections and Democracy
The Foundation convened electoral stakeholders from 10 countries in Asia for a conference entitled Democracy in Southeast Asia, facilitating an exchange of views on improving electoral integrity in the region.
- MexicoSupporting Elections and Democracy
The Foundation’s Electoral Integrity Initiative, in association with six partners from Mexico and the region, hosted a conference on Electoral Integrity in Latin America.
- MoroccoPromoting Youth Leadership
Exploratory visit and mapping of existing CVE initiatives ahead of the organization of a series of training sessions on CVE targeting young Moroccans.
- MyanmarMediation and Crisis Resolution
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State completed its mandate and produced a series of recommendations to achieve lasting peace in Rakhine State.
- NigeriaPromoting Youth Leadership
Extremely Together’s Jonah Obajeun advocates for education-based solutions to prevent radicalisation and extremism.
- Northern Ireland
- NorwayExtremely Together
Extremely Together’s Bjørn Ihler seeks creative ways to counter extreme right wing narratives.
- PakistanPromoting Youth Leadership
Extremely Together’s Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi focuses on the role of civil society to counter extremism.
- SomaliaPromoting Youth Leadership
Extremely Together young leader Ilwad Elman works to deradicalise members of Al Shabaab and promote gender equality in Africa.
- South Africa
- SwitzerlandPromoting Youth Leadership
Bjørn Ihler from Norway and Fatima Zaman from the UK were invited as keynote speakers at the Caux Forum in Switzerland.
- ThailandMediation and Crisis Resolution
A delegation of the Advisory Commission travelled to Bangkok to discuss regional implications of the situation in Rakhine State with Thai officials.
- The NetherlandsCombatting Hunger
The Foundation co-organised a meeting with the International Potato Center to promote orange-fleshed sweet potato as a crop to combat malnutrition.
Mr. Annan delivered the keynote speech on food security, water and energy at the Making Waves Conference.
- The PhilippinesPromoting Youth Leadership
Extremely Together’s Arizza Nocum strives to promote education and interfaith dialogue to prevent extremism.
- UgandaPromoting Youth Leadership
Extremely Together’s Ndugwa Hassan works to train teachers, Imams and young people in countering violent extremism.
- United Arab EmiratesPromoting Youth Leadership
Syrian refugee and Extremely Together young leader Zaid Al Rayes aims to create economic opportunities for vulnerable youth to show alternatives to violent extremism.
- United KingdomPromoting Youth Leadership
Extremely Together’s Fatima Zaman works to research and advise on counter-extremism policy. Together with Bjørn Ihler from Norway, she led a series of ‘Extremely Together roadshows’ in UK schools in order to train young people in CVE.Electoral Integrity
The Electoral Integrity Initiative launched its fourth policy brief, entitled Elections and
Peacebuilding at Chatham House in London.
- United StatesPromoting Youth Leadership
Extremely Together Young Leaders advocated for youth-led CVE at UNGA side events in New York.
Mr. Annan briefed members of the UN Security Council on the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and advised as to how multilateral efforts could support the implementation of its recommendations.Mediation and Crisis Resolution
Mr. Annan briefed members of the UN Security Council on the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and advised as to how multilateral efforts could support the implementation of its recommendations.
- West African RegionChanging Drug Policy
With our partners, we are promoting evidence-based drug policy reform in West Africa. We are advocating for the transformation of African agriculture and food systems in order to improve food and nutrition security.
We are mobilising leadership for climate change mitigation and adaptation both globally and in Africa.
Supporting Democracy and Elections with Integrity
Through its Electoral Integrity Initiative , the Kofi Annan Foundation advises countries on how to strengthen the integrity and legitimacy of their electoral processes and avoid election-related violence, so that elected officials can govern peaceably in a climate of trust.
Building Lasting Peace
A threat to peace:
- 1 in 4 people live in countries affected by conflict or very high levels of criminal violence.
- The past two years have seen the highest number of global battle deaths for 25 years, record levels of terrorism and the highest number of refugees and displaced people since World War II.
A threat to peace:
- Africa remains the region with the highest level of undernourishment: 20 percent of Africans do not have enough food to feed themselves and their families.
- Malnourishment stunts the growth of many young Africans.
- By threatening food production, climate change could increase hunger and malnutrition by up to 20 percent by 2050.
Changing Drug Policy
A threat to peace:
- In West Africa, the drug trade undermines development and fosters corruption.
- Africa’s drug laws are outdated and have not equipped the continent with effective responses to drug problems.
Mediation and Crisis resolution
The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State (September 2016 – September 2017) was established as a joint initiative between the Government of Myanmar and the Kofi Annan Foundation. Its mandate was to propose concrete measures for improving the welfare of all people in Myanmar’s eastern Rakhine State, home of a Buddhist majority and a Muslim minority including those self-identifying as Rohingya. The Advisory Commission was composed of six local and three international experts, and was chaired by Kofi Annan.
Founder and Chair, Nobel Peace Laureate and Former Secretary General of the United Nations.
Founder and Honorary President of FRIDE, Founder of the Club of Madrid and President of DARA.
Director of the United Nations Studies Programme at Columbia University’s School of International Public Affairs.
Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee, Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town, South Africa; former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Former Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund and former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations (2000-2010); Member of the Saudi Shura.
Former Director of Management, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Former Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York (2002-2004); former Permanent Observer of Switzerland to the United Nations (1997-2002).
Kelcey Armstrong-WalenczakAssociate Communications Officer
Sébastien BrackSenior Political Officer
Bijan Frederic FarnoudiHead of Communications
Maud RoureProgramme Manager
Abdelmadjid HaddadLogistics and General Support
Michaelene KinnersleyHead of Partnerships
Michal KhanExternal Relations Assistant
Fabian LangeProject Coordinator
Li Ling LowHead of Finance and Administration
Natalie McDonnellExecutive Assistant
Declan O’BrienProject Coordinator
Stephanie LewisTravel Coordinator, Administrative Assistant
Orla VandepoortaleAdministrative Assistant
Tesfai TecleSenior Advisor on Food Security
We are a not-for-profit organisation and depend on grants and philanthropic gifts. The Foundation is grateful to all the individuals, organisations and governments whose financial support in 2017 made its work possible. We thank our funding partners for their commitment to creating fairer, more peaceful and prosperous communities.
The Foundation depends heavily on its professional relationships and partnerships for much of its effectiveness. Its achievements in 2017 would not have been possible without the technical support provided by the following partners:
Financial Year Ended 31 December 2017 Expenses
- 34% | CHF 1,234 000Mediation and Crisis Resolution -
Advisory Commission on Rakhine State
- 27% | CHF 961 000Supporting Democracy and Elections with Integrity
- 10% | CHF 368 000Promoting Youth Leadership -
- 10% | CHF 364 000Combatting Hunger
- 9% | CHF 328 000 Building Lasting Peace
- 8% | CHF 282 000Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation
- 1% | CHF 38 000Changing Drug Policy
Total : CHF 3,575 000
Funding our work with your philanthropic gifts and grants
The Kofi Annan Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation under Swiss law which is funded by a mix of public and private donors. None of our income is guaranteed and without financial contributions from individuals, foundations, governments and other institutions, we cannot carry out our work.
We actively seek support from individuals and organisations who share our values and aims and who wish to help finance our work.
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