Babu Joseph Ayindo is a storyteller, teacher, facilitator, researcher, and writer. He has over two decades of experience in the design, implementation, facilitation and evaluation of peacebuilding processes and programs with various agencies in different parts of the world. He has taught short courses in arts-based approaches to peace work in seven peacebuilding institutes in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and North America. Some of his publications include: co-authoring When You Are the Peacebuilder, published by the United States Institute of Peace in 2001 which was voted as ‘top product’ in conflict resolution and peacebuilding by the Academy for Educational Development; Mpatanishi: A Handbook for Community Based Mediators, published in 2010 by PeaceNet and used widely in Kenya in grassroots peacebuilding processes; and In Search of Healers, a research project published by the Coalition for Peace in Africa in 2011 whose findings pointed to the need for a healing-centered approach to peacebuilding following the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008. Babu holds a BEd from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya (1992); a MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA (1998); and a PhD from the University of Otago in Aotearoa/New Zealand (2017). His PhD thesis entitled Arts, Peacebuilding and Decolonization: A Comparative Study of Parihaka, Mindanao and Nairobi is in the process of publication.
Course for 2019: Arts Approaches to Community-Based Peacebuilding (AACP)