FUTURE SUMMITS

Yendi Summit

There has been a history of election-related violence in Yendi, tied to an ongoing chieftaincy dispute in the region. The two factions involved in the chieftaincy dispute are aligned with the two major opposing political parties in Ghana. Thus, this intra-tribal dispute can manifest in politically-fueled acts of violence.  In addition to chieftaincy disputes, Yendi and the surrounding region are also experiencing high levels of youth unemployment and increasing religious extremism. Both of these factors increase the likelihood of violence in the region.

Due to these factors, the Northern Regional Peace Council of Ghana has expressed special concern for the potential of violence in Yendi before, during, and after the December elections. They have expressly asked 72 Africa to host a summit that engages religious, youth, and community leaders in Yendi in discussions of how to peacefully resolve conflicts and wage peace in their communities. We need your financial support to make this a possibility.

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Kumasi Summit

In the past year, there have numerous reports and warnings about the potential for an escalation of violence in the Ashanti region due to the upcoming elections.  There is a history of election-related violence in the region that supports current fears of similar conflicts. Boosting fears of violence in the region is the increasing presence of weapons. The Executive Director of Ghana’s Small Arms Commission reports a recent accumulation of weapons in the Ashanti region and fears that local groups could use these weapons for election-related violence. An additional issue facing the Ashanti region is the lack of economic opportunity for youth. Earlier this year, a land dispute in the Ashanti region led to violence erupting between Muslim youth and youth loyal to traditional authorities. Their clashes resulted in one death, several injuries, and a curfew being imposed.

Due to these factors, the Regional Peace Council of Ghana has expressed special concern for the potential of violence in the Ashanti Region before, during, and after the December elections. 72 Africa is hoping host a summit that engages religious, youth, and community leaders in the region in discussions of how to peacefully resolve conflicts and wage peace in their communities. We need your financial support to make this a possibility.