Goals, Training and Opportunities

Africa has historically been beset with conflict, tribal wars, enslavement, and imperialistic subjugation. Injustices faced in different regions of Africa are often specific to that region. Past harms are often mothers of present harms. The toll of unforgiveness in terms of race, ethnicity, and tribal differences and histories of abuse mounts throughout Africa daily. 

Forgiveness has the long-term potential to reduce suffering and improve relationships in regions, and perhaps eventually continent-wide. It is our belief that forgiveness can be increased in Africa to prevent or ameliorate future harms. Forgiveness has transformed many long-standing tensions within individuals, families, groups, religions, tribes, ethnicities, nations, and regions of the world. Forgiveness has played a role in resolving some tensions between Nationalists and blacks and coloreds in South Africa, Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda and other countries in Africa, native people and oppressors in colonial times throughout the world, Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland and even within the United States. 

It is our goal to build and nurture a culture of forgiveness. This project provides us the opportunity to:

  • Train scientists to study forgiveness with more methodological, statistical and research design competence
  • Cultivate scientists’ knowledge of forgiveness research
  • Train scientists to produce publishable quality focused on Africa-centric issues
  • Provide the intellectual climate where collaborations between emerging investigators and experienced investigators can develop.
  • Connect investigators to existing forgiveness literature.

Through these activities, we aim to contribute to the building of the base of forgiveness research infrastructure.