Become an FCT Ambassador today! Our motto is that one divided society is in
the best position to help another. In sharing their stories, where they once were,
where they are now and what see as the road ahead, member cities can develop
practical projects to secure cross-community engagement and development. To
bring people together and provide financial assistance for projects that serve the
purpose of long-lasting cross-community prosperity, we need your help!
What is FCT?
The Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT). FCT is a dynamic and lively network,
offering practical support for those living in cities in conflict and real solutions to
previously intractable problems. The primary premise of the Forum for Cities in
Transition (FCT) is that cities that are in conflict or have emerged from conflict
are in the best position to help other cities in similar situations. FCT is a means of
providing practical assistance for FCT member cities to work together and
deliver outcomes pledged at global events of the Forum for Cities in Transition.
The Forum is an initiative of the John Joseph Moakley Chair of Peace and
Reconciliation at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Secretariat is
shared by the Northern Ireland Foundation, Belfast and International
There are currently fifteen member cities of the Forum for Cities in Transition: 1.
Baghdad 2. Belfast 3. Derry-Londonderry 4. Haifa 5. Jerusalem 6. Kaduna 7.
Kirkuk 8. Mitrovica 9. Mitte (Berlin) 10. Mostar 11. Nicosia 12. Ramallah 13.
Sarajevo 14. Srebrenica 15. Tripoli (Lebanon).
FCT has been effective as a peacebuilding/bonding platform where participants
share best practice and lessons learned. FCT director Professor O'Malley has
made key inroads to the cities and with key stakeholders building a high level of
Most important to a functioning FCT has been realized outcomes. Annex I lists
specific highlights of projects that were carried out. We have all witnessed the
human impact on those who attend FCTs- the change of heart of seeing or
hearing their own narratives through the eyes of another or lightening of the
burden of grief, guilt, remorse and or despair when stories are shared in this
special group. Surveys have captured the overwhelmingly positive feedback
from individual participants about how the forum impacted their lives and work.
Our next challenge is having a wider impact among higher numbers of people in
these cities - where outcomes or infrastructure/development projects could
positively impact these communities.
How can you contribute?
FCT Ambassador aims to promote, advertise and spread the mission of the
Forum for Cities in Transition and its Network Fund, which brings resources to
support cross-community projects created by FCT member cities that will help to
establish lasting peace.
You will be in charge of promoting, advertising and spreading the mission of the
forum for cities in transition and the network fund which supports it!
Although we must not deny international progress, polarisation and divisions
continue to exacerbate cross-community tensions in many parts of the world.
Ever since the end of the second world war, most of the conflicts in the world
have not been amongst countries or states they have been intra-state where
communities which are divided by race, ethnicity, or by language, find it difficult
to live together.
Sadly, these conflicts can be violent. Lives are lost, infrastructure is damaged or
completely destroyed, and growth and property are put to halt. Our very own
founder, Padraig O’Malley, saw first hand one most violent conflict, the 30 years
long Northern Ireland conflict which unfortunately is not a stand-alone case.
We believe peace, transition and recovery can be achieved with community
work. It is O’Malley’s achievements that led to the creation of FCT. He was able to
bring the supporters of those who wanted to be part of a United Ireland and
those who wanted to remain part of the UK to South Africa.
With the help and support of President Nelson Mandela, O’Malley was able to
bring together the negotiators who had been successful in bringing about an end
of apartheid, from both sides of the argument to share their experiences with
What they discovered was fundamental. By sharing lessons, obstacles,
procedures, and how they found a way towards a resolution, the South Africans
were able to help Northern Ireland draw lessons that they can apply to their own
situations. The 1998 Good Friday Agreement thereby followed from this shared
knowledge. This is where the FCT vision was created. FCT is a forum especially
set up in order for one divided society to be in the best position to help another.
Beyond ceasefire, projects and cross-community engagement must continue and
grow to bring about sustainable and long-lasting prosperity. In sharing the
stories of their conflict where they once were, where they are now and what see
as the road ahead, member cities can develop practical projects to secure cross-
community development. Cities which are at further stages of recovery can help
devise projects. However, these projects need funding, support, and help from
So if you wish to be involved in making a difference, become an FCT ambassador!
You will be supervised and part of an experienced team whose commitment is to
help cities achieve the next step in reaching a sustainable peace.
So join us today!