Friday, October 10, 2014

Briefing with International Peacemakers from South Sudan and Malawi

Please join us for a 

Briefing with International Peacemakers from South Sudan and Malawi

Friday, October 17, 2014
10am - 12pm
Office of Public Witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
100 Maryland Ave NE, Suite 410

Rev. James Ninrew currently serves as the Liaison Officer for the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCoSS) in Juba. He is a human rights activist, especially in the areas of the environment and extractive industries. He is a founding member and sits on the board of directors of the Nuer Peace Council (NPC), is chairperson of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arm (SSANSA), is executive director of Assistance Mission for Africa (AMA), and is a founding member of the South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Election (SSuNDE). He has been a minister with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan for 19 years. James speaks English, Arabic and Nuer and is married with 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls.

Moses Makandwire is currently based in Malawi and works as a Director for Church and Society -CCAP Synod of Livingstonia.  He has vast experience in election monitoring and observation in the SADC Region. He has observed elections in DR Congo, Southern Sudan, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.  He has also assisted in designing and implementing election projects in his country around 1999, 2004 and 2009 and for the forthcoming 2014 Tripartite elections.  He has written and presented papers on issues of good governance, peace and conflict areas, human rights and democracy.  He is completing his second Masters in Political Geography at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.  He also holds numerous postgraduate certificates and Diplomas in Human Rights, Project Management, Election and Peace and Conflict Studies.  He has held positions at International and national levels as a Chairperson for the SADC Civil Rights Network, SADC Election Support Network, Malawi Election Support Network (MESN), National Integrity Platform-Malawi and Civic and Political Space Platform.  He has servd as a Special Law Commissioner for Review of the Republican Constitution in Malawi between 2005 and 2007 and as a Negotiating team member for the Civil Society-Malawi Government Dialogue team during the post 20 July 2011 demonstrations.  He is married with three children.