Lindsay McClain Opiyo
Development and Partnerships Specialist
Lindsay is a Development and Partner Specialist at Generations For Peace. In her role, she works closely with staff and volunteers to prepare high-quality proposals and reports for donors and partners. This ensures that Generations For Peace has the resources and relationships to continue its long-term work for peacebuilding and conflict transformation around the world.
Originally from Nashville in the United States, Lindsay has lived and worked in northern Uganda for much of the last nine years. Northern Uganda is a region that is emerging from more than two decades of violent conflict, and Lindsay has worked closely with victims and survivors there to advocate for sustainable peace through justice, reconciliation and redress. Prior to joining Generations For Peace, she held a number of programming, research and communications positions with reputable peace and justice organisations, like the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Justice and Reconciliation Project in Gulu, Uganda.
Lindsay’s main interests are the role of the arts in peacebuilding, and victim-centered transitional justice, and she is always looking for ways to better connect the two. In 2010, she and two northern Ugandan musicians founded Music for Peace, a community-based organisation that promotes the power of music for positive social change. In 2014, she implemented a project with Music for Peace and the Women’s Advocacy Network, a forum of more than 500 female survivors of conflict sexual violence for which Lindsay sits on the board, to professionally record a song by the women and produce its music video. It’s available on YouTube under the title, “Lubanga Ber (God Is Good).”
Lindsay holds a BA from the University of Tennessee and a MA in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She has authored a number of publications on peacebuilding and dealing with legacies of violent conflict. Most recently, she led researches on the reparative justice needs of children born of conflict sexual violence and engaging men in gender justice.
In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys reading and travelling to new places. Last year, she visited South America for the first time to participate in the World Summit on Art and Culture for Peace in Bogota, Colombia. This year, she hopes to see more of the MENA region.