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African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries — ALARM

Dallas, United States
Joined February 2019

ALARM develops servant leaders in the African church and community who reconcile and transform lives affected by conflict and injustice. Our vision: Africa w/out violent tribal and religious conflict.

Presence in: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
Focus: Criminal Justice, Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information, Women's Rights

ALARM believes the crisis facing Africa is not poverty or disease, but a lack of good leaders who put the needs of their communities and churches above their personal and tribal interests. Through servant leadership training, ALARM provides the skills needed in theology, evangelism, church planting, discipleship, Biblical peacebuilding, reconciliation, and conflict resolution to pastoral and lay leaders so that they can lead well. ALARM also works to train Christian government officials, lawyers, judges, police, soldiers, and chaplains in servant leadership, good governance, and peacebuilding to create sustainable change as they work amidst corruption.
Tribal and ethnic violence continues to plague Africa. Many Christians in Africa are more loyal to their tribes than to Christ. ALARM addresses the root causes of tribalism, oppression, injustice, and violence by developing leaders who bring healing to broken relationships. Without reconciled relationships, no community or nation can truly experience stability, peace, and development.
As servant leaders are trained and train others, they begin to see their communities differently, allowing them to focus on local concerns and challenges that have become commonplace — such as tribalism and domestic violence. ALARM walks alongside these leaders by providing skills and resources to empower and support their local initiatives. These initiatives focus on social justice, legal aid for the voiceless, caring for widows and orphans, providing basic health education, teaching life skills to boys and girls recovering from war, and economically empowering women. ALARM is African-led and African staffed. Our superbly qualified African Christian staff do ministry in their own countries, where they are intimately connected to the people, the languages, and the culture. While we invite guest teachers from the West from time to time, our staff have the latitude to make decisions, to do their work, and to dream for their nations.

People Associated With This Organization

Dianne Carlson

African Leadership and Reconciliation...
Joined February 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice, Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I am the Director of Justice Initiatives for African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, or ALARM. We work in 8 countries in Central and East Africa, teaching and equipping leaders to be agents of peace and reconciliation. Founded following the Rwandan genocide, our work has been in the trenches with communities, churches, and local leadership, helping them to heal, forgive, and reconcile with their neighbors so that they may live in peace. Our justice initiatives are all about empowering local lawyers, judges, and law enforcement with the skills to act justly, render fair decisions, and stand against corruption. Our vision is "Africa without violent tribal or religious conflict."

I am excited to learn more about others working in the area of justice initiatives in the world.
Dianne Carlson is the network champion (main point of contact) for African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries — ALARM.

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