Promoting Peace

Rotary's Area of Focus

Supporting Education

Peace and Conflict prevention/resolution

Rotary supports the training, education, and practice of peace and conflict prevention and resolution.

Area of Focus Statement of Purpose and Goals

TRF enables Rotarians to promote the practice of peace and conflict prevention/ resolution by:

  1. Training leaders, including potential youth leaders, to prevent and mediate conflict;
  2. Supporting peace-building in communities and regions affected by conflict;
  3. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to peace and conflict prevention/resolution.

Parameters for Eligibility

TRF considers activities targeting the following to be within the scope of the peace and conflict prevention/resolution area of focus:

  1. Community activities targeting non-Rotarian participants, including conferences, trainings, and camps, in support of nonviolence, peace-building, and human rights;
  2. Facilitated conflict resolution workshops related to topics addressing community needs such as policy development, business activities across conflict lines, educational reform, and peace journalism;
  3. Supporting initiatives addressing psychological effects of conflict;
  4. Educating youth on preventive measures to avoid conflict;
  5. Training programs or campaigns to address negative social dynamics in a community, including but not limited to anti-gang efforts and those to overcome radical differences;
  6. Communication and arbitration among parties previously engaged in direct conflict;
  7. Vocational training teams supporting the above activities;
  8. Scholarships for graduate-level study in programs related to peace and conflict prevention/resolution.

TRF considers activities targeting the following to be outside the scope of the peace and conflict prevention/resolution area of focus and as such are not eligible for global grant funding:

  1. Peace conferences targeting Rotarian participants;
  2. Enrollment at a Rotary Peace Center partner university in the same, or similar, academic program as those pursued by Rotary Peace Fellows.

Elements of Successful Humanitarian Projects and Vocational Training Teams

Global grants are:

  1. Sustainable – communities are able to address their peace and conflict needs after the Rotary club/district has completed its work;
  2. Measurable – sponsors can select standard measures for their area of focus from the Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit or use their own measures to show the good results of their work;
  3. Community driven – designed by the host community based upon the needs they have identified;
  4. Aligned with an area of focus – as defined in the policy documents.

Elements of Successful Scholarships

Global grants support graduate-level scholarships for career-minded professionals. TRF considers the following when evaluating global grant scholarship applications:

  1. The applicant’s previous work experience in the field of peace and conflict prevention/resolution;
  2. Academic program alignment with peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
    • Examples of preferred academic programs include conflict prevention/resolution, peace and justice studies, and international relations or law with a specialization in peace and conflict;
    • Programs that will be considered favorably include those that focus directly on peace and conflict issues;
    • Programs that will not be considered favorably include those that relate to general international relations or law.
  3. The applicant’s career plans as they relate to peace and conflict prevention/resolution.