PEACE AND EMPOWERMENT THROUGH COMMUNITY BASED TOURISM TO SOUTH AFRICA: THE DESMOND TUTU PEACE FOUNDATION

The mission of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation is to support and promote the creation of a culture of peace throughout the world. In the spirit of its founder, Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and in collaboration with the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in South Africa, the Foundation’s Board and staff are dedicated to advancing reconciliation, peace-building, non-violence, conflict resolution and ethical leadership so that all may live in a more peaceable and sustainable world.

The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation currently has two priorities. Its top priority is to help the Trustees of The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre raise a total of $30 million to build and furnish a new building in downtown Cape Town South Africa. The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation is also seeking contributions and grants for general operations and Ypeace.org. Ypeace.org is an online virtual peace center for young people, aged 13-15 that will use traditional educational tools and gaming technology for instruction. Once constructed, it will offer compelling, interactive and age appropriate learning and skill-building opportunities through which visitors to the site can work on personal spiritual and moral development; cultivate ethical leadership qualities and skills and learn other ways they can contribute to peace between people and among nations.

The Centre will attract an estimated 1.5-million visitors a year.

The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, in addition to nurturing its academic programmes, will be a vibrant Centre, welcoming all, aiming to make a lasting impact on its visitors. It will house:

  • A Peace Museum
  • Exhibitions
  • Training Programmes
  • Study and research opportunities
  • Civic and public Events
  • Public Meetings and discussion forums
  • Publications
  • Reference facilities


The location of the Centre

The Centre seeks to occupy a landmark site in the city in which Archbishop and Mrs. Tutu have chosen to retire. Through a Partnership Agreement with the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust, the City of Cape Town has reserved a well-located municipal owned land in the city-centre for the Desmond Tutu Peace on a 50-year lease at a nominal charge. The land is known as Block D. This demonstration of civic responsibility by the City of Cape Town illustrates its firm commitment to invest in a facility of great public benefit for local communities, and for the world.

The overarching aim of the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust, from its conception in 1998, has always been to establish the physical Peace Centre. A number of options have been explored, and a major breakthrough occurred in December 2003 when the City of Cape Town entered into a formal relationship with the Trust to jointly establish the Centre. This immense vote of confidence from the City demonstrates the need for a Peace Centre inspired by the life and work of Desmond Tutu.