#WalkTogether and share a #SparkofHope

continue Mandela’s long walk to freedom

The Elders, with partner civil society networks, chose to honour the 100th anniversary of their founder, Nelson Mandela, by celebrating 100 Sparks of Hope. These are grassroots organisations working for the freedoms that unite societies – peace, health, justice and equality.

Launched in July 2017, the WalkTogether movement travelled across the globe in the lead up to Madiba’s 100th anniversary with The Elders shining a light on Sparks of Hope. Through their deeds and the values they demonstrate, each Spark of Hope organisation, in their own way, is continuing Mandela’s long walk to freedom.

Read their stories, and the 100 ideas for a freer, fairer world the Elders want to see.

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Women Wage Peace

Support and scale networks of women mediators, connected to share practices nationally and internationally.

Iraqi Centre for Negotiation Skills and Conflict Management (IQCM)

Provide resources and training to build a sustainable network of grassroots conflict mediators, ensuring all communities ...

Breaking the Silence

Some of the most powerful voices for peace can belong to soldiers; men and women who ...

African Youth Initiative Network

Establish replicable grassroots mechanisms to give victims of war direct influence on post-conflict rebuilding priorities and ...

Basmeh and Zeitooneh

Incorporate safe environments within refugee and host communities, where children learn non violent techniques for conflict ...

District Six Museum

Create a platform and knowledge base to codify arts based peace-building techniques that can be embedded ...

Rien Sans les Femmes

Build the visible leadership of women in roles of authority to rapidly shift culture.


Empower citizens to use documentary evidence to ensure international conventions and human rights law are upheld ...


Systematically create immersive experiences that enable difficult conversations between divided communities, to heal the wounds of ...

Syrian American Medical Society

Target a percentage of peacekeeping resources to fund accessible medical and psychological care for victims of ...

Afrika Youth Movement

Strengthen the impact of local youth-led campaigns by creating forums for decentralised movements to connect their ...


Ensure peace-building activities integrate acknowledgement of shared environmental resources and encourage economic cooperation.

Voice of Libyan Women

Use religious teaching and texts to promote gender equality and break the cycle of violence against ...

Search for Common Ground - South Sudan

Create a platform and knowledge base to codify arts based peacebuilding techniques that can be embedded ...


Provide resources to scale youth-led online initiatives replacing violent extremism and hate speech with alternative narratives.

Search for Common Ground - Nigeria

Create opportunities for genuine social interaction between Christian and Muslim girls to empower them to change ...

Magamba Network

Encourage disaffected youth to engage in civic and political processes through pop-culture and the arts.

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Open new Arab-led forums for dialogue on the difficulties of applying international human rights laws within ...

Refugees Welcome

Training and resources for local hosts to help integrate refugee arrivals into new lives harmoniously.

National Association of Youth Organisations

Strengthen youth engagement in democracy by removing obstacles to voting and offering ongoing voter education and ...

Search for Common Ground - Yemen

Build networks of students and teachers within secondary schools that offer youth a voice in decision-making, ...

Open Street Map

Develop practical pathways to build young people’s active role in improving civic life.

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Show you #WalkTogether with a #SparkofHope. Each Spark of Hope represents one of 100 Ideas for a Freer, Fairer World that the #WalkTogether campaign will present to world leaders later this year, recognising all supporters who post a video.

#WalkTogether and share a #SparkofHope