rootsmade startup: facts & stats

Under the auspices of YMCA Europe Roots for Peace project the “rootsmade” charity e-commerce start-up was launched for people directly affected by ongoing wars in the Middle East and the Caucasus. In the framework of this initiative an expert advisor was selected from the Roots Peace Work Insatiate alumni and contracted to carry on the […]


ProFest: Then, Now and Later – Together Towards a Composite Memory

Within the framework of YMCA Europe “Roots for Peace” Project, YMCA Netherlands will bring together around 40 young people from across the European Continent and beyond to celebrate 75 years of freedom and to express their own opinion about related topics. They will discuss their personal and national memories, rethink the present analyzing the past […]


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The YMCA has historically assumed working in and with conflicts as central to its service delivery. Committed to our roots and legacy the YMCA Europe pursues peace and reconciliation as a strategic priority.

The Roots for Peace programme, ongoing since 2007, remains a best practice in this line. In the framework of this initiative the Peace Work Institute scheme was piloted during 2012 – 2015 and approvingly evaluated by an externally facilitated outcome assessment process.

This evidence-based evaluation highly recommends the YMCA Europe to repeat the series of the Peace Work Institute for the next generation of the YMCA pan-European peace-cohort.