Linking Peace and Economic Development
Economic development is essential in creating conditions essential to economic growth and prosperity internationally.
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 have elaborated 4 projects:
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Project 1: Creating a Microenterprises Network in the slums of El Alto (La Paz, Bolivia) to Reduce Domestic Violence - Project Details here
Project 2: Activating Sustainable Peace By Empowering Vulnerable Women In Kisumu, Kenya - Kenya - Project Details here
Project 3: Providing Economic Mobility to Palestinian Youth Through Social Entrepreneurship in Tulkarem City - Palestine - Project Details here
Project 4: Chocolate, Mole, Mushrooms & Social tissue - Mexico - Project Details here
The four proposals for peace projects are developed based on Rotary’s guidelines for Global Grants.
Rotary Peace Fellow Class 24 - University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok, Thailand; President and CEO of United4Change Center for International Development & Global Citizenship (U4C), USA
Rotary Peace Fellow, University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok, Thailand 2018, Class 24, CEO and Founder of City Says, Slovenia
Rotary Peace Fellow of University of Peace Study: Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center; Executive Director for the Rotary Action Group for Peace based in Portland, Oregon, USA
Teresa Zorrila Palomar
Rotary Peace Fellow Class 24 - the University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok, Thailand; Director of Salud, Arte y Educación: Health, Art and Education, Mexico