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. 


Sandra Fong

Ximena Murillo

Mateja Rot

Reem Ghunaim

Teresa Zorrila Palomar

Rotarian Peace Projects Incubator

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