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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 Rotary 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.

To help create and sustain action and investment in Positive Peace, Rotary and the Institute have developed:

  • The Rotary Positive Peace Academy: A free online learning platform that includes modules and interactive tools to teach users how to apply new peacebuilding methods and mobilize communities to address the underlying causes of conflict. Visit the academy.
  • Positive Peace presentation guides: Downloadable resources to help Rotarians conduct in-person training and facilitate dialogue to help foster community-based engagement in peace.

    For clubs: Facilitator guide and club presentation

    For district conferences: Facilitator guide and presentation

  • Positive Peace workshops and community programming:

    To date, large scale Positive Peace workshops funded through Global Grants have taken place in three countries.

    The first workshop was held in Kampala, Uganda in September of 2016.  The workshop,  Bringing Positive Peace to Uganda, focused on training  Rotaractors  from all over the country  in IEP’s eight pillars of Positive Peace. Once trained, the  participants were tasked with taking their new skills back to their communities and implementing service projects that help address  the  needs of their  local communities. 

    Mexico 2017 and 2019: Despite high crime rates in recent years, Mexico’s potential for peace is one of the highest in the world. During the 2019 pilot workshop in Mexico, Rotary and Rotaract members will work with emerging leaders and experts in the country to build regional coalitions that support Positive Peace and Rotary’s efforts for peacebuilding in the country.

    Colombia 2019: The signing of the Colombian peace agreement in 2016 put an end to one of the world’s longest armed conflicts, and marked the beginning of a process to build lasting, sustainable peace. Through the pilot workshop, Rotarians and Rotaract members will help shape this process by leveraging their networks and engaging key stakeholders to identify ways to build Positive Peace at the local level. 

    Building on the successful and impact of these workshops, Rotary and IEP have created a tool kit which Rotarians can utilize in their local communities. This tool kit provides Rotarians with a road map to train local community members on Positive Peace, build regional coalitions for peace or simply hold conversations to understand and improve Rotary’s work through the lens of Positive Peace.

    The tool kit is now available for download.

  • Positive Peace Activators:

    Rotary’s partnership with IEP was created to help Rotarians “frame” peace – to recognize the grassroots work they do in Rotary’s six areas of focus helps to build Positive Peace – and sustainable peace in the long-term. In order to help implement Positive Peace projects and make the framework more tangible, Rotary created the Positive Peace Activator Program.

    Between 2020 and 2023, 150 new Positive Peace Activators will be trained in six regions around the world including: United States & Canada, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Sub-Sub-Saharan and Southern Africa, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Europe.

    Positive Peace Activators include Rotarians, Rotary Peace Fellows, Rotaractors, and other Rotary stakeholders. They are selected through a competitive process and demonstrate a clear commitment to peacebuilding.

    How can you engage with a Positive Peace Activator?

    • Invite them to join your District Resource Network.
    • Encourage clubs interested in learning about the Positive Peace Framework to invite the Activator to offer a workshop or presentation.
    • Your district may also consider hosting a district-wide event to bring the Positive Peace framework to your clubs through a larger event. Recognizing that there is a lot of time, energy, and commitment that goes into a Positive Peace workshop, training, or project, please be cognizant of each party’s level of professional or volunteer involvement.
    • Consider hosting any of these proposed events online/virtually if in-person events are not possible.

To learn more about the Rotary-IEP partnership and to get involved, you can contact the Rotary-IEP Partnership Coordinator.