Programme now Ended

Wales for Peace programme activities finished in December 2018. This website is now an archive for work undertaken over the WW1 centenary period from 2014-18 by communities, volunteers and partners Wales-wide, in uncovering the story of Wales' Peace Heritage from WW1 to today. The project aimed to inspire future generations to become active in international issues, and this work will form the foundation of WCIA's new Global Action Programme under development for 2019-24. 

For 2019, WCIA will be retaining two Wales for Peace staff members on a part-time basis, to support the transition from Heritage Lottery Funded activities to WCIA's new 2019-24 programmes. You can contact them via walesforpeace@wcia.org.uk or post to: 

Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Temple of Peace, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3AP

Craig Owen - Head of Wales for Peace   

Craig OwenA leading figure in Welsh internationalism over the last 15 years, Craig joined WCIA from WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action), where as International Manager since 2007 he developed the Wales Africa Community Links programme. This supported 150 civil society organisations delivering 500 projects on learning, partnership building and community development between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa, and sharing practice with European partners. In 2010 Craig surveyed 930 organisations and published the report 'Welsh Civil Society and the MDGs'; and in 2014, on Wales' 'Communitarian approach to Internationalism through Citizen Initiative'.

Craig previously worked on Oxfam International’s Tsunami Relief Programme in Indonesia, with a major focus on peace building in the conflict-stricken province of Aceh. Craig wrote a blog from Aceh which was followed by people throughout Wales and worldwide. As Wales Campaigns Coordinator with Oxfam Cymru, Craig led work on ‘Make Poverty History’, ‘Control Arms’ (securing an International Arms Trade Treaty) and on Fair Trade. He has travelled extensively and gained international experience of peace building and practical community initiatives as far afield as South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Lesotho, Indonesia, Cambodia, Angola, Israel and Palestine. Craig has led public and youth outreach work with Oxfam and during 2 years as President of NUS Wales (National Union of Students), and as a students union officer at Aberystwyth University, where he studied Geography and Geology. In his spare time, Craig volunteered as an outdoor pursuits leader and events organiser with the LGBT charity OutdoorLads until 2018; and having been living with the cancer Multiple Myeloma since December 2016, he volunteers and is an ambassador for Maggie's Centres in South Wales.

In 2019, Craig will be supporting WCIA to develop a new 'Global Action' programme

Jane Harries - Learning Coordinator    

Jane has been a lifelong peace and humaJane Harriesn rights activist, most recently coordinating Cymdeithas y Cymod - the Fellowship of Reconciliation - through whom she has also worked with Urdd Gobaith Cymru supporting young people in developing the International Peace & Goodwill message. Jane is a languages expert and fluent Welsh speaker; she taught and was Head of Dept for Modern Languages at Cymer school in RCT, prior to 5 years as Wales Education Advisor for the NSPCC, and 7 years in Welsh government as lead for children's rights and young people’s participation. Jane spends several weeks each year in Palestine & Israel co-facilitating Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops, building on her involvement as a Human Rights Monitor with EAPPI, about which she is writing this blog.

Jane’s role is delivering the Wales for Peace project’s ambitious Learning Strategy - developing bilingual teaching and curriculum resources; delivering conferences and events for schools, youth & community groups; facilitating networking and advocacy on Peace Education, and ultimately establishing a world-leading ‘Peace Schools’ scheme for Wales.

In 2019, Jane will be supporting WCIA to embed 'Peace Schools' in the Global Learning programme.

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