Since 1999, we have led the effort to sustain peace and stability in Northern Ghana.
CECOTAPS creates enabling environments for the internalization of the culture of peace, the promotion of social justice, and human development. We combine education and training on peace building and conflict resolution, mediation services, and investments in grassroots economic development. We work with individuals from all walks of life and collaborate with non-profit, government, business, and religious organizations.
CECOTAPS envisions just and peaceful communities in Northern Ghana where people:
- Live in relationships respecting the dignity and rights of all people independent of tribe, religion, gender, age or economic status
- Resolve their disputes in just and non-violent ways,
- Internalize a culture of peace, social responsibility and social justice
Our core values and principles
Our vision and mission are rooted in our core principles.
- We believe in the inherent dignity, goodness, and competence of people to create just and peaceful communities. All people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have a voice in the decisions that affect them.
- We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the non-profit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society.
- We believe a better understanding of our common humanity, concepts of nationhood, citizens’ rights, and responsibilities for the common good promotes inter-ethnic cooperation, increases political and economic participation, enhances excellence, enables people to improve their lives and reinforces their commitment to society.
- We believe strong, efficient and effective institutions, organizations, networks, and a knowledge base informed by research and theory are important for achieving our goals.
- We believe a strategic commitment to funding, which understands the complexity and long-term nature of peacebuilding, the multiple peacebuilding functions and activities required to constructively transform protracted conflicts, and focuses on conflict prevention and sustaining reconciliation is the most effective way to implement and support the building of an infrastructure for peace over the long term.