The Peace Center

Missions & Philosophy

The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre (DTPC), co-founded by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs. Leah Tutu in 1998, plays a unique role in building and leveraging the legacy of Archbishop Tutu to enable peace in the world.

The distinctive values and practices that brought a peaceful transition to South Africa, including restorative rather than retributive justice, are the cornerstones of the teachings of Archbishop Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and former Chairperson of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Desmond Tutu Peace Center’s vision is a world committed to peace. A world in which everyone lives together as family, everyone is loved, heard, cared for and unique. A world in which everyone matters and the essential good in everyone is manifested.

We aim to create and maintain a Peace Center that will deliver programs that promote conflict resolution, restore social justice to the marginalized, and inspire leaders to be responsible and committed to the people they serve. We further the understanding that there is essential good in everyone.

We invite you to help us further our mission right where you are now—with a donation or by choosing to take action aligned with a more peaceable, sustainable world.

The Peace Center in Cape Town

desmond-tutu-peace-centerInspired by the Archbishop’s legacy of activism, the new Desmond Tutu Peace Center will be a resource for African and global peace movements, as well as individuals interested in contributing to a more equitable world order.

Currently housed in temporary offices in downtown Cape Town, the focus of its work is on peace, leadership training and sustainable development.

It is estimated that the new, state-of-the-art facility will make an impact on 1.5-million visitors each year with:

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

In a Partnership Agreement, the City of Cape Town generously granted the Desmond Tutu Peace Center a prime block measuring nearly an acre at a nominal cost. This site is adjacent to the hugely popular Cape Town International Convention Center and excellent hotels.

Architects Van der Merwe and Miszewsky, in association with the award-winning Luyanda Mpahlwa of MMA, have designed a building that draws on ancient and contemporary African peace and justice themes.

The Peace Center, with its masterful blend of space, light and technology will encourage all who enter to work toward peace. Planned facilities include a peace room for deliberation, a contemplative space for reflection, a museum, exhibit halls, conference rooms, a theatre, educational laboratories, a research library and bookstore.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s office and archives will also be housed in the new Peace Center.

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