Rotary Peace and Conflict Program

 

The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of serviceis the mission of the Eclub of One World Rotary.  This is also the Fourth Object of Rotary.   World Peace is also the objective of the Rotary Peace and Conflict Program and its graduates Peace Fellows.

Rotary recognized its role and goal for World Peace starting in 1921. Rotary has been involved in many projects to promote World Peace.  Not the least is the encouragement and influences to create the United Nations.  Seven of the first eleven Secretary Generals were Rotarians.  It was not surprising when Rotary International established the Rotary Peace and Conflict Program.

The Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program: 5:59 min



Through academic training, study, and practice the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who are catalysts for peace and conflict resolution in their communities and around the globe. Graduates of the program are reintegrating refugees in Sudan, creating jobs for disadvantaged women in India, and supporting reconstruction in devastated regions of the world.ROTARY PEACE CENTERS were established around the globe.  Each year up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree with 2-3 months internship) or certificate program(with 2-3 week field training).

2-Year Masters Degree program:

  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
  • International Christian University, Japan
  • University of Bradford, UK
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Uppsala University, Sweden

3-Month Professional Development Certificate:
For those with more extensive experience in peace-related fields, Rotary offers a 3-month program in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This program incorporates 2–3 weeks of field study.

The Rotary Action Group For Peace (RAGFP) was established in 2012, created to provide resources to Rotarians in pursuit of World Peace. The Rotarian Action Group for Peace, a unique organization with talented and passionate members who provide humanitarian service to make peace, build peace and keep peace.  Their mission is compatible with the mission of One World Rotary.

RAGFP: 4.43 min:

 

Project TRIUMPH was one of the best as reported by RAGFP.  Project was founded in 2005 by the Rotary club of Newbury Park, District 5240 and the Rotary club of Haifa, Israel.  The goal of the project is to bring together 16 year-old children from different ethnic backgrounds to enhance tolerance, reduce prejudice, grow a young leadership that would spread the idea of World Peace.  The children were chosen in Haifa, 16 of them – half Jews and half Arabs – were granted the opportunity to attend a summer camp outside of Israel.  In the first 3 years, the camp took place in the US.  In the consecutive 4 years it has been conducted in The Peace Citadel of Rondine in Italy.  The project has expanded to 4 nationalities – Italians, Turkish, Palestinians and Israelis.
This program continues with great success and in promoting the Rotary International ideas of peace and tolerance.  Other Peace projects are included in RAGFP website.

RAGFP has stipulated that they support eight different groups, one of which is the Peace Fellows.  Peace Fellows are graduates of the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program.

PEACE FELLOWS study subjects related to the root causes of conflict through a variety of views and explore innovative solutions that address real world needs.

Building Peace: 7:12 min:

 

Rotary of One World Outreach.  The Rotary Eclub of One World Rotary has common interests with Peace Fellows which makes a natural fit.  One World Rotary has members living in about 20 different countries with a focus on International affairs and a goal of World Peace.  One World is in the process of creating a searchable database for Peace Fellows.  Hopefully a mechanism will be created where world peace projects of members can be coordinated.   
Rotary International President, Ron Burton told One World Charter District Governor Nomura, "We need to keep our Peace Fellows engaged in Rotary, just as we do our many other Rotary Alumni. Too many are lost to Rotary because they are not asked to join Rotary, and we are not doing our part in giving them opportunities to remain engaged in Rotary. This is an excellent way to have them connected to Rotary, through the Rotary Eclub of One World." 

Peace fellow: 1.37 min:

 

Peace is possible - Kids: 2:50 min:

 

PEACE fellows profiles:  
The following are some condensed profiles from the RAGFP website.


Katia de Mello Danatas, Brazil.  Katia is policy director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Brazil.  Katia was a 2007-09 endowed fellow at the Rotary Peace Center at Duke/UNC.

 

David LaMotteUnited States. David is an author, musician, lecturers and peacemaker. He created and directs a non-profit corporation to aid Guatemalan schools, LaMotte is a Rotary World Peace Fellow, and holds a Masters Degree in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland. David interned three months in rural India working with a Gandhian organization. One of David's children's books was praised by renowned peace and power theorist Gene Sharp. LaMotte serves numerous organization including Quaker Peace and Social Witness and Nobel Peace Prize.

JuneHo Chung, South Korea.  June-ho’s diversity of my experience and interests spans the globe. June-ho worked at Sogang University as a international tax consultant.  June-ho military officer serving in Afghanistan. He has lived in the United States, South Korea, Switzerland, and Afghanistan and traveled to Japan, China, Australia, and France. June-ho’s main focus is international and sustainable economic development. He wants to formulate sustainable economic development planning for post-conflict countries such as North Korea. He also hopes to research economic development policies for the Koreas and in due course support the unification process and poverty alleviation programs.

Eduardo da Costa, Brazil.  Eduardo Costa is an economist, scholar and social/environmental activist in the Brazilian Amazon.  He has pioneered the mobilization of corporations on corporate social and environmental responsibility projects and advocated the development of sustainable small businesses in the Amazon. As a professor in the Program of International Relations at UNAMA-Amazônia University, his focus is on conflict prevention, human rights and the economic, social and environment. Eduardo believes that only economically viable, socially just and environmentally sustainable development policies develop its economy. , and that. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Program, Eduardo wishes to seek empl that works towards the promotion of sustainable development policies in the Amazon and around the world.

Keren Dalyot, Israel.  Keren has been working in civil society organizations   in International Relation and Media Studies as well as in Human Rights.  Keren is passionate about women’s rights and has worked in the Israeli Women’s Network and Keren has volunteered in several women’s NGOs: The Israeli coalition against Trafficking in Women and most recently devoted to women’s health issues. Keren is interested in development aid, genderand education policies aimed at promoting gender equality and equity. Keren believes in the power of education to create social change in societies.

Georgia Harley, Australia.  Georgia Harley is an international lawyer from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She specializes in international criminal, humanitarian, human rights and security law and has represented the Australian Government in various international negotiations. Georgia served in the Office of International Law at the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and on various rule of law projects in the Asia Pacific region. Georgia graduated will shortly complete a Masters of International Laws at the Australian National University. Georgia speaks English, French, Khmer and Pijin. As a Rotary World Peace Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Georgia’s research interests include the role of law in promoting peace, security and development.

Ali Reza Eshraghi, Iran.  Ali is working as the editor of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting and editor-in-chief of Mianeh website, considered as one of the most respected sources for Information and analyses on Iran.  He was visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism and the Institute of International Studies. He was also a research fellow at the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program at UC Berkeley. He studied Political Science and Islamic studies in Tehran. He has the senior editor in some of Tehran’s most well-known newspapers, all of which have been banned by the government. Eshraghi has been placed on the list of famous Iranian Op-Ed piece writers. He has received the Golden Pen Award at Iran’s National Press Festival.

Misaki Kimura, Japan.  Misaki began her professional career as a peace-builder in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH), where she worked for the Japanese Government’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Program (GGHSP) where she was engaged in planning, managing and monitoring projects for support of community development.  Misaki proceeded to work for GGHSP in Croatia she did humanitarian projects as de-mining activities and program for young people with different ethnic background. Upon completion of the Rotary Peace Fellow Program, Misaki hopes to work as a peace-building professional to facilitate cooperation among donors for and efficient implementation of peace building in conflict or post-conflict areas.

Ryan Rowe, Canada.  Ryan’s interest in international development emerged from studying in South America. He moved to the United Arab to gain insight into the private financing of infrastructure projects. He worked on a US$630 million infrastructure investment fund, led the firm’s corporate social footprint and developed expertise in infrastructure investment analysis, financial reporting and corporate governance. Ryan launched a grassroots volunteer organization through volunteer service. He also holds a board position with the Kenya-based Tabasamu Education Fund.  Ryan is now undertaking a Master of Public Health as part of the Rotary World Peace Program. His main interest is in community-based approaches to public health particularly in the water sector.  His objectives is the creation of a social investment fund to provide funding for such projects in areas such as slums, rural villages, or post-conflict zones.

Priscilla Vaz, Brazil.  Priscilla Vaz is a social scientist, a educator and an activist for gender/race equity and social justice.  Priscilla has been doing research on globalization, ethnicity and community development. She is interested in doing research with networks of black women economics initiatives to fight poverty and to promote human rights. She is a network of activist women from Africa and that promotes joint-ventures to support a residency program for political and cultural exchange among activists women. She has been doing work at an organization mentoring low-income and black students in their challenge to overcome socioeconomic and racial barriers to higher education. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Program, Priscilla plans to work with to help in the implementation of processes of building sustainable, economics. To pursue the Diplomatic career in the Brazilian Government is also another plan for a future career.

Roselyn Vusia, Uganda.  Roselyn received a law degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She is working as the Program Coordinator with the Action Group for Health Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) Uganda.  For the past two years, Roselyn has organized advocacy campaigns around health issues in Uganda.  She worked as a Legal Assistant at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.  Roselyn also interned with the Uganda Human Rights Commission. Roselyn’s main interest is in international Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, specifically International Criminal Law and the Right to Health. She hopes to continue her work in conflict zones to address Sexual and Reproductive Health issues and/or criminal justice issues.

 

 
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