About Us

The Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) was established to respond to an ever-increasing number of demands from the African continent to share the South African (SA) experience of peaceful transition with countries in various stages of conflict.

Since the democratic transition in 1994, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) received numerous requests for assistance in the area of conflict management from the Catholic Church across the African continent. Therefore, the Bishops decided to establish a Peace Institute, DHPI, with the mandate to respond to the call of Africa.

The DHPI was established in 2005 and is named after South African Catholic Archbishop Denis Eugene Hurley, a critical voice of the Church during apartheid. DHPI would like to be associated with Archbishop Hurley’s stance that the Church (its people and organizations) must become a community serving humanity. The Institute hopes to do this by serving people in conflict situations by ensuring that building peace addresses the root causes of conflict and the processes by which the peace is achieved respects the human rights of people.