Linking Peace and Economic Development
Economic development is essential in creating conditions essential to economic growth and prosperity internationally.
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The Economic Development and Peace Project Incubator group invites Rotarians, Rotaractors, District leaders, global development practitioners and peace-builders to the first Rotarian Peace Project Incubator (RPPI), which seeks to develop peace projects, maximizing the impact of Rotary in the world. The goal of the Economic Development & Peace Project Incubator group is to develop peace projects that contribute toward sustainable economic development in fragile, conflict-prone and post-conflict communities and to, therefore, advance positive peace.
Economic development is critical to peace-building and, likewise, peace fosters economic development and growth. The two are intrinsically interconnected as one is needed for the other to flourish. All aspects of economic development - improving the standard of living of citizens through job creation, support for innovation, enhancement of wealth, increase in per capita income, and, correspondingly, improvement of economic well-being and quality of life. These are vital to the creation of peaceful societies. However, economic development initiatives do not automatically lead to peace; some can inadvertently undermine peace if they are not under the Positive Peace framework and are not designed in a peace-conducive basis.
To advance peace-building in connection with economic development, we are offering four (4) online workshops to be followed by a comprehensive presentation during Peace Week in Geneva in November 2020. During these workshops participants will:
Learn from experts, from international organizations and agencies, who will discuss concepts related to interconnections of economic development and peace in a variety of regions (Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East). Each speaker will share his/her experiences in implementing economic development initiatives in fragile, conflict-prone and post-conflict communities.
Learn about challenges embedded and opportunities in selected communities in Kenya, Bolivia, Mexico, and Palestine, as presented by Rotary Peace Fellows, Rotarians and/or global development leaders working in these regions.
Participate in the development of a Rotary Global Grant for the four selected countries mentioned above, applying concepts and methodologies such as ‘Design Thinking,’ which will include five 5 phases: /
Work in breakout sessions with a facilitator and other participants on assigned topics.
By the end of all sessions, four preliminary proposals for peace projects will be developed based on Rotary’s guidelines for Global Grants.