Our History

We achieve our mission by promoting innovative, community-driven partnerships between a wide range of stakeholders and sectors of civil society, ensuring that often excluded voices have a seat at the table of any social change movement.

Bishop Ochola and Travis Rejman featured in Huffington Post article about the International Criminal Court

January 22, 2016
As the International Criminal Court begins the prosecution of Major General Dominic Ongwen, Bishop Ochola and Travis Rejman call for him to be sent home to face Mato Oput, the traditional justice system of Acholiland.

Preventing Violent Extremism Program Expands to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda

September 28, 2015
Our leadership team met with key partners thorughout East Africa to follow-up on the recommendations from the former combatants who are focused on prevention. The Goldin Institute and our partners at Arigatou International are now expanding our efforts to prevent the recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts throughout the region.

Fr. Leonel Narvaez interviewed on National Public Radio about the Peace Process in Colombia

April 14, 2015
Fr. Leonel speaks about the ongoing negotiations in Cuba that give promise to a proposed peace agreement for his country. He also puts into context the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation and how they have been practiced through his leadership at the Foundation for Reconciliation in Colombia and around the world.

Former Child Soldiers in Uganda lead ESPERE Reconciliation Workshops

January 21, 2015
Working towards the peaceful evolution of their country, two Uganda-based organizations, the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI) and the Interreligious Council of Uganda (IRCU) worked closely to conduct two workshops using the ESPERE Methodology in January and early February 2015 in the District of Gulu.

Philippines Water Project Reaches Milestone of over 100 Schools

November 10, 2014
Despite severe weather and the continuing conflict in war-torn Mindanao, our associate Dr. Susana Anayatin and her team reached a major milestone by providing access to every schools in Kabuntalan municipality.

Youth Peace Ambassadors Counter Violent Extremism

June 12, 2014
Youth leaders fro Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar conducted a Peace Summit to lay the groundwork for a Youth Peace Ambassadors Network.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation Training Launches in Uganda

June 07, 2014
Lissette Mateus, Global Associate from Colombia, led an intensive training in the ESPERE forgiveness and reconciliation methodology to help grassroots leaders and former child soldiers in Uganda turn schools into centers for reintegration.

National Platform for Child Soldier Reintegration Launched in Uganda

June 13, 2013
Culminating over two years of intense community engagement, the launch of the National Platform convened over 100 former combatants, religious leaders, members of parliament, civic leaders and others engaged in reintegration efforts for children used as soldiers in Uganda.

Global Associate Malya Villard earns CNN Top Ten Hero of the Year Award

December 03, 2012
As a survivor of sexual violence herself, Malya’s strength and courage to advocate on behalf of victims of violence is as clear as her voice.
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Alone and Frightened: the experiential stories of former child soldiers Published

November 22, 2012
Based on the peer to peer testimonies of former child soldiers in Uganda and focus groups, this research report reset the agenda for reintegration efforts in Uganda.

Huffington Post featured Goldin Institute perspectives on KONY 2012 Campaign

March 09, 2012
With over 30 million views in its first week, the super viral Kony 2012 video clearly raised awareness of the horrors of the LRA in Uganda. But was the Kony 2012 campaign a good idea?

Video Premiere of ENOUGH, a documentary by the women of Haiti fighting to end Gender Based Violence

December 20, 2011
The Goldin Institute hosted a Premiere of the video ENOUGH: by the women of Haiti documenting the heroic struggle of women leaders in Port au Prince who are leading the Rape Accountability and Prevention project.

Digital Storytelling Workshop Builds Capacity of Women Leaders in Haiti

August 08, 2011
The Goldin Institute conducted an intensive week-long workshop in Port au Prince, Haiti led by Professor Lisa Dush from DePaul University. Seven participants from women-led organizations learned new tools to document and share their own stories of strength, perserverance and commitment.

Goldin Institute Launches Child Soldier Oral Testimony Strategy in Uganda

July 22, 2011
Ten former child soldiers from Uganda launched a peer-to-peer interview process to uncover the experiences and insights needed to improve reintegration and prevention efforts in Uganda.

NPR Worldview Interview Features Microcredit Analysis

June 17, 2011
Based on the Goldin Institute's work in Bangladesh to listen to loan recipients and lift up their voices as the basis for improving microcredit, the Goldin Institute offered perspective and analysis on the microcredit movement. We were thrilled to be joined for the interview with our colleague Susan Beaudry from Grantmakers Without Borders who edited the Funders Guide to Microcredit.

Goldin Institute Launches Access to Safe Drinking Water Campaign in Mindanao

March 18, 2011
Dr. Susana Anayatin and her team of volunteers in the Phillipines begin the campaign to provide safe, reliable access to drinking water in every school in Mindanao.

Microcredit recipients host first ever meeting with banks and regulators in Bangaldesh

June 21, 2010
This groundbreaking summit was the first dialogue between microcredit recipients, lenders and regulators in Bangladesh and is leading to new, more recipient-focused policies at the National Level.
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Rape Accountability and Prevention Platform launches in Haiti’s displacement camps

March 12, 2010
Since the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, women and girls living in the internally displaced persons camps face alarming rates of rape and other forms of gender-based violence. In response, the Goldin Institute partnered KOFAVIV, FAVILEK, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and its network of partners throughout Haiti to build and support a women-led, community based security platform in the displacement camps.

PBS Foreign Exchange Interview with Khushi Kabir

June 16, 2009
In the interview, Ms. Kabir describes the difficulties that loan recipients face in rural Bangladesh and explains why Nijera Kori does not engage in microcredit lending. In particular, Ms. Kabir highlights the face that many microcredit borrowers end up taking multiple loans and find themselves trapped in debt and unable to repay.

Goldin Institute Launches its Global Associates program with Dr. Susana Anayatin

April 01, 2009

Dr. Susana Anayatin was hired as the first Goldin Institute Global Associate staff member to lead programs in the Philippines combining the work of child soldier reintegration and the need to solve the water crisis in war-torn Mindanao.

Microfinance: A Guide for Grantmakers

January 01, 2009
An oversaturation of the debt market in places like Northern Bangladesh is largely driven by donor enthusiasm. This guide calls for grantmakers to reconsider metrics for success from the perspective of borrowers, not only lenders.

Funder Forum in Minneapolis on Alternative Approaches to Microcredit

March 12, 2008

The Goldin Institute hosted a funders summit and dialogue among Twin Cities foundation leaders about how to effectively engage in ethical and sustainable microcredit work.

Reintegration & Prevention:

September 30, 2007
2007: Bogota, Colombia Building on two years on local organizing and coalition building, the 2007 event featured the launch of the National Platform for Child Soldier Reintegration and Prevention in Colombia.

Community Based Oral Testimony Uncovers Microcredit Concerns

May 04, 2007

A community research team comprised of villagers from a village in Northern Bangladesh, conducted dozens of interviews with their neighbors about their experiences with microcredit. Using this approach, we heard what people had to say about microcredit on their own terms and shattered many myths about microcredit.

Institute Offers Course on Reintegration and Prevention

September 15, 2006
Leading up the 2007 global forum hosted in Colombia to address reintegration for former child soldiers, over 100 participants were invited to take an online course on the theme of reintegration and prevention designed by the Goldin Institute and Centro Mundial.

Launch of the Goldin Institute Online

August 16, 2006

The Goldin Institute launched its on-line strategy to complement and extend its on the ground work around the world. In addition to highlighting informative and inspiring grassroots stories, the Institute launched its inaugural online course on understanding and addressing the child soldier phenomenon around the world.

 

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Local Strategies for Peace Building Amidst International Conflicts

November 01, 2005
2005: Amritsar, India Diverse teams from over 20 cities convened in Amritsar, India to share, learn and design innovative programs that can build peace in conflict zones.
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Grassroots Solutions to the Global Water Crisis

November 06, 2004
2004: Taipei, Taiwan Today 1.1 billion people live without access to safe drinking water. Grassroots leaders from around the world convened to build local partnerships to address this humanitarian crisis.
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Building Social Cohesion in the Midst of Diversity

October 19, 2003
2003: Manresa, Spain Grassroots leaders from around the world convened to find new ways to build a sense of social cohesion in the midst of diversity.
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Designing our Mission from the Bottom Up

October 27, 2002
2002: Chicago, USA The Goldin Institute was launched in October 2002 to provide grassroots community organizers from cities around the world with tools and support to build meaningful partnerships within and between their cities.
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