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Keeping hope alive: Christian Aid's work on peace - Impact study 2019

Without an explicit focus on peace, there can be no sustainable development. This Impact Study, and accompanying case studies, share some of our story of taking peace seriously. Throughout our work in providing humanitarian assistance and long-term development support, it has become clear that we cannot ignore the reality of violence. Peace and justice matter to us as a faith-based organisation and we seek to respond to real challenges of building peace with integrity, respect, courage and hope. From Violence to Peace lays down our hopeful vision that a more peaceful reality free from poverty, violence and injustice is possible. This study shares key examples of impact and some things we’ve learnt along the way. Key facts In 2016, more countries experienced violent conflict than at any time in nearly 30 years. If current trends persist, by 2030 – the horizon set by the Sustainable Development Goals – more than half of the world’s poor will be living in countries affected by high levels of violence. (OECD). Violent conflict has spiked since 2010, with two billion people now living in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence (World Bank, 2018). Much of this violence is due to recurring violence and protracted conflicts. It is estimated that 135 different countries have experienced conflict recurrence – a pattern that is deepening. We stand in solidarity with our local partners – households, community organisations and local leadership who live through conflict and violence first hand. We want governments, faith institutions and communities to want and work for peace in their societies and to keep hope alive. Peace is not something fluffy and aspirational. Peacebuilding can and does work.

Photo of Hamza

Use this image of young refugee and peacemaker Hamza to show alongside the Christmas Assembly.

Songs for Syria assembly presentation

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This PowerPoint presentation accompanies the Songs for Syria assembly which explains the situation in Syria through exploring songs. 

Songs for Syria assembly

Primary school assembly suitable for ages 7-11 Duration: 15 minutes This assembly explains the situation in Syria by exploring songs. 

Trading game: introduction

Age: 13+ / Youth group (11-18) An introduction to the trading game covering how to play, who can play and the aims of the game.

Trading game: teacher's intructions

Instructions and guidance for teachers and leaders running the trading game.

Trading game: diagram of shapes

Age: 13+ / Youth group (11-18) Students will need to carefully cut out the shapes on this sheet to use as part of the trading game.

Trading game: creating new trading situations

Age: 13+ / Youth group (11-18) This sheet contains new trading situations which can be applied to the trading game to mix things up and add additional challenges.

Trading game: follow-up discussions

Age: 13+ / Youth group (11-18) Guidelines for encouraging follow-up discussion after playing the trading game.

The chocolate trade: follow-up discussion

As with most simulation games, the follow-up discussion is in some ways the most important part and should not be left out. Use the following questions to start the discussion and to help clarify what has been learnt from the chocolate trade game.

The chocolate trade: cocoa in Ghana

Said to be the producer of the world’s finest cocoa, Ghana relies heavily on this commodity, which is its second most important export after gold. Find out more about Ghana and fair-trade chocolate.

The chocolate trade: role play

Your pupils can take on the role of a big chocolate company, a supermarket, a shopper, a journalist, cocoa farmers or a fair-trade chocolate company in this role-play activity. 

The chocolate trade game activity sheet

This activity highlights the fact that the major cocoa-producing countries are in the poorer South and the major chocolate-producing countries are in the richer North.

The chocolate trade game instructions

This simulation game looks at the experiences of Ghanaian cocoa farmers in the cocoa trading chain.