2013 Conference

Just Governance leaflet


2011 Forum

The healing logic of The Commons - David Bollier, USA, Co-founder, the Commons Strategy Group

Indian experiences on governance - Rajmohan Gandhi, India, former President of IofCInternational, historian and biographer of MK Gandhi

Inclusive governance for shared growth - P S Bawa, India, Chair, Transparency International, India

Lessons learnt – a reflection - Farai Maguwu, Zimbabwe, Director, Centre for Research and Development, Mutare, Zimbabwe

The role of governance in democracy and development - T S Krishna Murthy, India, Former Chief Election Commissioner, India

Les ressources de l’Afrique – malédiction ou bénédiction ? (French) - Moïse Nyarugabo Muhizi, République Démocratique du Congo, Senateur

Infrastructures for Peace - latest developments - Paul van Tongeren, Netherlands, Project Leader, World Peace Festival; Honorary Chair, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect - Mohamed Sahnoun, Algeria, Chair, Caux Forum for Human Security, former Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

The power and limits of the Responsibility to Protect - Cornelio Sommaruga, Switzerland, former President, International Committee of the Red Cross

2010 Forum

Of moral and military authority - Lt General John Sanderson, Australia

The role of sustainability in creating a culture of peace - Frederico Mayor, Spain President, Culture of Peace Foundation, Director General of UNESCO 1987-9

The importance of Just Governance - Osman Jama Ali, Somalia, Chairman of Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy and former Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia

A Coalition of Conscience - Otis Moss Jr, United States, Pastor and Civil Rights Activist

2009 Forum

Dealing with the global economic challenge - Sir Richard Jolly, United KingdomFormer Assistant Secretary-General of the UN, Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex

Dealing with the global economic challenge - Mani Shankar Aiyar, India, former Cabinet Minister

Fundamental conditions of good governance - Farooq Sataar MNA (MP), Pakistan, Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis  

Fundamental conditions of good governance - Paul van Tongeren, Netherlands, Secretary-General, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

The global economic crisis and its impact on fragile states - HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, Jordan, Founder and President of Foundation for Inter-religious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue 

2008 Forum

Framing the Conversation: Why we are here - Harriet Fulbright, USA, President, J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center

Interview: Dr Scilla Elworthy - United Kingdom, Founder, Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct


Otis Moss, a close colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., spoke of his involvement in the Civil Rights movement in the United States of America and the need for just governments around the world. In this interview, Moss stresses the importance of the Caux Call to Action.



Frédéric Bamvuginyumvira  Burundi 

Former Vice-President, Burundi

In 2003 a meeting at Caux brought together representatives from the Government of Burundi, the army, the two rebel factions active on the ground, the main opposition party and the Bishop of Bujumbura. The negotiations which followed this meeting reached agreement.

When elections were held in 2005, the main rebel movement came to power. The effort of IofC then focused on helping the last remaining rebel faction to come to an agreement with the government. The divisions on the political scene were very strong.

In 2007, 33 Burundian leaders met in Caux to re-establish dialogue. On their return, they worked to calm tensions within and between their political parties. In April 2008 the rebel leader Agathon Rwasa laid down his weapons and announced the end of the war.

2010 was an election year, and Initiatives of Change launched a campaign for non-violent elections, news of which often featured on television. Since the elections political tensions have risen, and we are again working with all sides to find a peaceful way forward.


Sergio Marchi  Canada 

Former Minister for Immigration; Special Advisor to the Secretary General, International Catholic Migration Commission

In the coming decades, climate change will force many millions to migrate from their homelands. How will we develop appropriate international migration policies? How can we ensure social cohesion as countries become increasingly diverse in their cultures? These are the issues we are grappling with through Round Tables in numerous countries.

Saumura Tioulong MP  Cambodia

The Khmer Rouge left Cambodia traumatized, with many seeking revenge. When my husband Sam Rainsy and I returned to our country in 1992-3 we decided that there was no place for revenge, and we should try to win the hearts of those who had been our enemies.

Sam Rainsy was elected to Parliament, and became Minister of Finance. From his first day he cracked down on customs fraud and illegal logging. Before long he was sacked and deprived of his seat in Parliament. So he launched a new political party. I resigned from my position as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank to help. We received death threats and a grenade attack, but were both elected to Parliament in the 1998 elections. We had to learn to wage a moral struggle with the combativeness of a soldier, using democratic means even when confronted with violence and aggression.

As Opposition Members of Parliament, we try for dialogue with our parliamentary opponents. Through raising issues such as the impact of climate change, and human rights, we are winning their respect. A journalist asked one of my colleagues, 'What gives you your audacity?' The answer is that we act with our hearts. We have no choice. And we do so with hope. More than half our population is under 16. They are searching for better ways for our country. If we show a better way, they will respond.

John Sanderson  Australia 

Former Chief of the Australian Army; commander of the 44-nation military contingent, 1993 UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia

The United Nations delivered a turnaround change in Cambodia. The Paris Peace agreement sent us in both as a peace-keeping force and as a ‘transitional authority’ to run the country for 18 months, disarm the antagonists, establish a human rights framework, and set up and run elections.

We succeeded because we were able to establish and maintain our moral authority. That is a vital lesson. You can’t establish moral authority with force of arms. And if you lose it, you won't accomplish anything worthwhile.

Mwalimu Musheshe  Uganda 

Chair, National Agricultural Advisory Services

As a young man I saw politicians training students to rig elections. I protested, was arrested and confined incommunicado in a military camp for 13 months, where I was tortured. I left the camp determined to fight corruption. When I uncovered corruption in one organisation where I worked, I was attacked with a hand grenade. I survived with many injuries.

Others feel as keenly as me about corruption, and gradually we have made progress. We established the Uganda Rural Development and Training Project, of which I am Chair, and it shows a large organization can prosper without corruption.

When I became Chair of the National Agricultural Advisory Services I made my stand clear. A large sign outside my office reads, 'You are now in an anti-corruption zone'. My desk is in the open, so that everyone who comes to the office can see that there is no way they can conduct shady business. So far we have managed to recover US$1.9 million of funds which had been dishonestly removed.




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