Organised in 2012, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI, is actively participating in promoting peace values in South Sudan by training young leaders in conflict resolution, mediation, life skills, entrepreneurship, and information & communication technology. Currently, the NGO has two active groups in two states of South Sudan – Eastern and Western Equatoria.

“Unless we replace the guns with schools, with jobs, with some way for people to learn and to engage with each other in a productive way, then the next generation is just going to pick the guns back up once we leave” (