Vision, Mission and Objectives

Vision
To build a society where human dignity is respected, human rights promoted, faith and justice upheld, economic and natural resources shared equitably, international relations founded on principles that promote and respect human life, individuals and institution in power are held accountable, and academic excellence is pursued with the aim of achieving full human potential for good.

Mission
The Institute aims to realize its vision through integral human formation based on academic excellence, training in the theory and practice of peacebuilding and international relations, policy research, conflict monitoring, foreign policy analysis, advocacy, research and publication as well as inculcation of spiritual values.

Objectives

The general objective of the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) is to train men and women to provide instruction and expertise in peace building and conflict resolution at a high-quality tertiary education level. To achieve its objective the Institute seeks to:

  1. Engage the professors and students as a community committed to teaching, learning and researching on conflict issues in Africa so as to provide solutions for peace and political stability;
  2. Monitor issues of conflict in Africa and search for their root causes including the new world economic and political order that tend to marginalize the continent while exploring its resources;
  3. Study the Catholic social teaching as well as the teachings and wisdom of other religious traditions especially, the African cultural and religious vision on peace and reconciliation;
  4. Develop a database and documentation centre on peace and conflict studies, and conflict resolution;
  5. Co-operate with academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as religious institutions involved in the search for peace in Africa and around the world; and
  6. Foster space for understanding through dialogue, peace and justice

Philosophy
The Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations fulfils this mission with a vivid concern for all matters related to integral human, social, cultural, and spiritual development within the Church and civil society. In line with the Jesuit tradition of education, it expects and demands academic excellence from its teachers and students in view of the leadership they are called to exercise for the well-being of each human being and for the building of a just human society. In wisdom we search for Truth, and with integrity and freedom we live by its Spirit.

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TEN POINTS FOR THE KENYAN ELECTIONS 2017

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Hekima Monthly Public Forum

Hekima Monthly Public Forum

Elections Preparedness: A Reality Check, My Responsibility 7 July 2017 With the upcoming general elections scheduled for August 2017, HIPSIR recognizes that initiating a multifaceted peace building effort and preventing pre and post elections violence and creating sustainable peace beyond the elections...

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HIPSIR Baseline Survey on Capacity and Knowledge Gaps in Extractive Industries in Kenya

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) is conducting a baseline survey on the existing capacity and knowledge gaps at the county levels (Turkana, Kwale, Kitui, Lamu, Migori and Taita Taveta) in addressing the diverse issues of concern...

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Women's participation in politics and electoral processes

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) and in collaboration with International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Community Advocacy and Awareness Trust (CRAWN-Trust), Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness (CREAW), and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC),...

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Countering Religious Extremism and Violence: Dialo-Praxis on Interreligious Dialogue, Holy Scripture (mis)Interpretations and Political Implications

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Interreligious Dialogue and Scholarly Dialo-Praxis on Countering Violent Religious Extremism

Interreligious Dialogue and Scholarly Dialo-Praxis on Countering Violent Religious Extremism

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) successfully held a roundtable and a public forum on 4th April 2017 on countering violent religious extremism in Kenya. The theme of the round-table was "Interreligious Dialogue and Scholarly Dialo-Praxis on...

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Physical Address: Riara Road, off Ngong Road
Tel: +254 20 386 0109 | +254 20 3860102
Mobile: +254 72 9755905
Email: secretary.hipsir@hekima.ac.ke