CI Board Member Wins 'Alternative Nobel Prize'

January 11, 2008

Coexistence International advisory board member Dekha Ibrahim Abdi was named last month as one of four recipients of the 2007 Right Livelihood Awards, widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. The prize, presented annually in Stockholm, honors those "working on practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world today."

Abdi is a founding member of the regional Coalition of Peace in Africa (COPA) and serves on numerous boards and committees promoting peace-building and conflict prevention. In 2005 she was named Kenyan Peace Builder of the Year and is known as one of the 1000 Peace Women across the globe.

The Right Livelihood Awards jury commended Abdi "for showing in diverse ethnic and cultural situations how religious and other differences can be reconciled, even after violent conflict, and knitted together through a cooperative process that leads to peace and development." Abdi has dedicated the award money (US$77,000) to the people of Wajir, and will use it to build a peace university in Wajir and enhance peace initiatives in North Eastern Province and other parts of Kenya.