Kroc-Catholic Relief Services Fellowships

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Since 2006, the Kroc Institute and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have sponsored fellowships for experienced peacebuilders. The fellowships allow CRS staff to conduct research in a university setting, while also bringing insights to bear on Kroc’s academic programs. Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community, provides assistance to people in more than 100 countries.

Past and present Kroc-CRS Fellows:

2017

Orson Sargado (Philippines) studied how to maximize gains from peace governance work by empowering local governance groups and civil society organizations to conduct responsible and just natural resource management.

2015

Aliba Emmanuel Kiiza (Uganda) conducted research on theories of reconciliation and healing.

2014

Sylvestre Kimbese (Democratic Republic of the Congo) conducted a comparative study of peacebuilding efforts led by Catholic bishops in six African countries.

2013

Hippolyt Pul (Ghana) examined whether transitional justice practices contribute to sustainable peace in post-conflict communities.

John Ashworth (Kenya) worked on a book summarizing lessons learned during a pivotal time of conflict and peacebuilding in Sudan, focusing on culture, religion, conflict, aid and development.

2012

Bishop Colin Bagaforo (Mindanao, the Philippines) focused on research, reflection, and writing on interreligious peacebuilding in the Philippines.

2011

John Katunga (Kenya) conducted research on Catholic peacebuilding, drawing on his professional experiences collaborating with Catholic bishops and other religious leaders in Eastern Africa.

2010

Rick Jones (El Salvador) explored how to integrate peacebuilding into development programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Joseph Muyango (Rwanda) researched peacebuilding strategies and the role of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda.  

2009

Ameth Diouf (Senegal) researched the use of traditional conflict early warning systems in West Africa and the role of women in peacebuilding. He also contributed data on Liberia and Sierra Leone to the Kroc Institute’s Peace Accords Matrix.

Jean Baptiste Talla (Cameroon) conducted research on the Catholic Church’s role in conflict prevention and transformation in Central Africa.

2008

Fr. Emmanuel Ntakarutimana (Burundi) conducted research with the Catholic Peacebuilding Network on transitional justice and the role of the Catholic Church in Burundi.

2007

Polikarpus Teku (Indonesia) conducted research on the integration of peacebuilding with traditional approaches to agricultural development.

2006

Myla Leguro (Mindanao, the Philippines) documented a decade of experience in peacebuilding with Catholic Relief Services in Mindanao.

For more information about the program, contact Gerard Powers.