Clients and Partners

Partera is built on more than twenty-five years of indispensable partnerships and sponsors who have supported and collaborated with us in work on human rights, interfaith, gender, economic literacy, third-party nonviolent intervention. These organisations are as diverse as the Toronto-based Wellesley Institute with whom we have done work in health equity training; the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and its fully-funded affiliate, the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Netherlands-based Women’s Peacemaking Programme of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (on whose Regional Consultative Committee I served for a time). 

Past partners have included Heritage Canada, the office of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Toronto’s Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Montreal’s Rights & Democracy, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, Chicago Branch, Playter Strategies, the Association of Ontario Health Centres and Mexico’s Servico Internacional por la paz.  (A more comprehensive list appears below.)

And as gratifying as our institutional support has been, it has been bolstered by direct donations, grants, and contracts from private contributors, local in-country supporters and others equally committed to human welfare and the ongoing process of peace-making and peace-building.

These gifts seem to me testimony of the strength of this movement, each contribution, each action by each of us, not an isolated act, but a projection of our collective strength – sometimes symbolic, often vital, life-changing, and always effective. 

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Colleagues, Collaborators and Partner Organisations have included

Government, multi-lateral and government-organised NGOs:

  • Heritage Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Canadian International Development Agency,
  • The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
  • The Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • The Canadian Race Relations Foundation
  • International Centre for Human Rights and Development / Rights and Democracy (Montreal)
  • the United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights, Office of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (Geneva)
  • The Wellesley Institute, Toronto
  • The Ontario Agency for Health Promotion and Protection
  • The Toronto District School Board

Inter-faith, Church and para-church organisations working across religions:

  • The Canadian Council of Churches’ Human Rights Committee
  • Kairos/the Canadian Ecumenical Social Justice Coalitions (Inter-church Committee for Human Rights in Latin America, Inter-church Committee on Africa)
  • Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition
  • The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
  • The Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches
  • The Council of Baptist Churches of Northeast India, Guwahati, Assam
  • Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Assam
  • Oriental Theologoical School, Dimapur, Nagaland

Non-governmental organisations/non-profits

  • Community Initiatives for Peace and Development, West Nile, Uganda
  • Association of Ontario Health Centres and member centres, Ontario
  • The Sudanese Organisation for Non-violence and Development, Khartoum
  • The Organisation for Non-violence and Development, Juba, South Sudan
  • The Women’s Peacemaking Programme of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, The Netherlands
  • Fellowship of Reconciliation, New York
  • The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
  • The Catalyst Centre, Toronto
  • Centre for Social Justice, Toronto
  • Programme on Education and Community Health
  • a large number of unnamed organisations in Latin America, Asia and Africa doing work on human rights

as well as private companies and individuals. I have also served on the boards of a number of NGOs involved in the work of conflict analysis and violence reduction, peace-building and peace-making.