Ilwad Elman

Elman Peace Centre
Mogadishu, Somalia

Fostering large-scale transformations for peace in active conflict zones by investing in youth, education and technology, and by building local economies through community led social enterprises.

The problem

International efforts to stabilize Somalia and rebuild national state institutions have largely failed. Children and young adults make up the vast majority of those used to perpetuate armed conflict, keeping them stuck in a vicious cycle of intergenerational conflict. Offering young people a viable alternative to bearing a weapon is essential to the transition into sustained peace.

Our Approach

The Elman Peace Centre helps children and young adults rebuild their lives by providing formal education, safe houses for survivors of sexual violence, psychosocial counseling, vocational training and assistance for youths leaving armed groups to re-acquire civilian status.

My Personal Hero

Kofi Annan