More Than Peace (MTP) is a coalition of churches and like-minded individuals and organisations, primarily located in the Western Cape province of South Africa, who are committed to working in practical ways towards the establishment of peace and social justice in South Africa and with partners across the continent of Africa. MTP was established in 2015 by the South African Christian Leaders Initiative (SACLI), Christ Church Kenilworth, The Warehouse Trust and Mennonite Central Committee.
MTP is a Public Benefit Organisation (Reg No. 930063576) and registered non-profit company (Reg No. 2017/187736/08).
The development of democratic societies rooted in the practices of building trust, collaboration, and non-violence in order to transform conflict and heal trauma caused by legacies of social, economic and spatial injustice, increasing inequality and engineered privilege, to establishing peace, transformative justice and reconciliation.
To work with the local church and key partners to foster healthy relationships and trust between stakeholders involved in conflict by facilitating dialogues in which the inter-generational, historical and continuous visible and invisible forms of direct, symbolic, systemic, cultural and spatial oppression, injustice, violence and trauma— are shared, heard, and addressed collaboratively at an individual, collective, structural, and cultural level.
MTP seeks to develop and promote active citizenship – a combination of knowledge, attitude, skills and actions that aim to contribute to building and maintaining a healthy democratic society. We seek to empower communities through the local church, one of the few remaining trusted institutions in South Africa and across the continent, to pursue justice, establish peace and nurture reconciliation for all.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, MTP partnered with the SAHRC to establish a Section 11 Monitoring Committee as an essential service to promote and protect human rights across the country. MTP administrated the accreditation and training members of more than 220 civil society organisations across all 9 provinces and supported the real-time reporting of a range of causes of unrest, conflict and serious human rights violations including state and private security repression and violence, detention of minors in holding cells, dispensation of SASSA grants, unlawful housing and land evictions and removals, and the victimization and displacement of homeless people.
A vital aspect to building a just and accountable democracy is the active participation of local communities in election monitoring, which helps promote and support longer-term, community-based strategies to detect and resolve unrest, conflict and violence.
In 2018 MTP was accredited by the IEC and trained and deployed the largest domestic observer mission in the Western Cape comprising of Christian, Muslim and Jewish members of faith communities. The groups were deployed and coordinated across the province covering 100 polling stations from opening to the completion of the vote count. Our report to the IEC is available here.
Since 2019, MTP has partnered with Tearfund, a Christian relief and development INGO, to develop the role of faith leaders in deepening democracy, reducing conflict dynamics and promoting peace pre, during and post Elections. We trained more than 300 faith leaders in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Burundi between 2019-2020 and are currently training faith leaders in Ivory Coast with plans for Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Chad in the pipeline. Reports from the training are here: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Burundi.
To learn more about our work, our training and opportunities to participate in deepening democracy, transforming conflict and building a just peace, please get in touch!