The Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship is seeking to honour a person or group whose work has helped activate dialogue and practice in support of a sustainable resolution to the current crisis in ukraine.
The Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship aims to encourage and support individuals or organisations involved in creative, courageous and effective actions directed at establishing the conditions for a peaceful resolution of the present crisis.
Possible domains of action include the following:
- Supporting dialogue between the warring parties or conflicting diaspora communities;
- Encouraging critical reflection and serious discussion about pathways and obstacles to peace;
- Contributing to public debates in political and media discourses, either nationally or internationally, in a way that may help open up alternative processes of resolution;
- Developing collective responses from different professional perspectives—such as, from doctors, artists, musicians, lawyers, teachers, scientists, and sportspeople.
What is the Desmond Tutu Fellowship?
- The Desmond Tutu Fellowship is the pre-eminent award globally for achievements in the field of reconciliation. Administered by Global Reconciliation in honour of the memory of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, it recognizes people from all walks of life who contribute to the theory and practice of reconciliation.
- The Fellowship rewards activities that promote dialogue and mutual understanding across the boundaries of cultural, racial, religious, gender, and other kinds of difference, seeking especially to bring global attention to grass-roots actions within local communities.
Reconciliation across Difference
- Global Reconciliation understands reconciliation as the promotion of creative dialogue and practical engagement across the boundaries of difference. Its task is to create and nurture the threads of communication where such dialogues and practices are most threatened. This means that reconciliation processes can be initiated at any stage of a conflict by acknowledging or accepting differences, and drawing on them, not as a cause for conflictual division but as a source of productive new meanings.
- The award of the Fellowship is made following a review process that considers past accomplishments and possible future achievements. A panel will examine the nominations received and submit a recommendation to the Global Reconciliation Board, which will make the final decision. Successful candidates may hold the status of Fellow for life and use the initials FGR after their names in public recognition of their Fellowship of Global Reconciliation.
For more information, visit Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship.