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Institute for Economics and Peace


Peace is more than just the absence of violence. Peace is ensuring there is justice for all.


Rotary has partnered with the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent think tank and leader in the study of peace and conflict, to help address the root causes of conflict and create conditions that foster peace. 

The institute has identified eight factors that lead to Positive Peace:

  1. Low levels of corruption
  2. Acceptance of rights of others
  3. Free flow of information
  4. Strong business environment
  5. High levels of human capital
  6. Equitable distribution of resources
  7. Good relations with neighbors
  8. Well-functioning government

The Rotary programs, built on Positive Peace, will be an invaluable contribution to global peace


founder and executive chair of the Institute for Economics and Peace

How can you foster peace?

One of Rotary’s great strengths is our ability to pull together the right people to work toward a common goal and create projects in our local communities.

You can create and sustain action and investment in Positive Peace by:

Joining the Rotary Positive Peace Academy. In this free, online learning platform, learn how to apply new peacebuilding methods and mobilize your community to address the underlying causes of conflict.

Talking about Positive Peace locally. Conduct short, in-person trainings with Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs and districts to facilitate dialogue and foster community-based engagement. Use the facilitator guide and presentation to get started.

Hosting a Positive Peace workshop. Plan a larger discussion with your community about Positive Peace. Educate others about Positive Peace and identify ways to address the needs of their communities through a Positive Peace lens. Whether you’re planning a one-day forum or a multi-day seminar, Rotary and IEP created a guide to help you plan and host an impactful Positive Peace event; it includes activities, agendas, logistics, resources, and more. This guide is based on large-scale Positive Peace workshops funded by global grants in Uganda, Mexico, and Colombia. Learn more about the impact of the Mexico and Colombia Positive Peace Workshops.

Partnering with a Positive Peace Activator. To help implement Positive Peace projects and make the framework more tangible, Rotary created the Positive Peace Activator Program. These Rotarians, Rotary Peace Fellows, Rotaractors, and other Rotary stakeholders are committed to peacebuilding, are located throughout the world, and can be a part of your in-person training or community-wide workshop. Get connected.

To learn more, contact the Rotary-IEP partnership coordinator.