The competition marked the launch of the 10th edition of the Global Peace Index, launched in June 2016, and each candidate flawlessly presented key research findings, put forward in a novel and creative manner while demonstrating outstanding individual qualities.
Listed below are the summaries of each ambassador and their winning projects:
Business Forum on GPI in the Perspective of Influencing Business Development in Tanzania. Objective one aims to introduce the Global Peace Index (GPI), IEP research findings to the 30 strategic participants that will comprise media, representatives of business community, government agencies and development agencies. Objective two intends to discuss the Global Peace Index Situation of Tanzania relative to Uganda and Kenya and develop a conclusion on the measure of peace as an integral aspect for determining the state of business environment.
GPI: Awareness of Global Peacefulness for promoting human well-being. Conflict is in fact an opportunity. Its correct understanding provides more chance of solution. GPI, enabling correct understanding, helps mitigation of conflicts proficiently and transform these into success. Adopting hybrid approach, I will use both presentations and communication tools to pursue the aims and objectives of GPI Ambassadors Program with guidance and support of IEP and Rotary International. While Pakistanis are main audience, international community will be engaged too as and when possible. Approximately 15000-20000 people will be targeted through seminars and presentations at multiple venues like UN & Humanitarian Agencies, Think Tanks, Universities, civil society organizations and Rotary Clubs. Variety of means will be utilized including translation of GPI into Urdu and Pashto languages (understood in Afghanistan and Pakistan), lectures during pre-deployment training of Pakistani UN Peacekeepers, GPI based Course for UG Students, broadcasting of essence of GPI on Radio and TV.
“A Tale of Two Worlds”. This is an animated communication tool that can serve as preliminary audio-visual presentation in any country before the start of a GPI/PPI presentation.The story is about G.Pi, the rooster, P.Pi the hen, and their lovely chicks discovering the contrasts of life in the animal farm. On one hand, they witnessed violence, but on the other hand, they were also awed by the peace in some animal communities. Intrigued by this inequality, they researched arduously through the internet. G.Pi using his computer stumbled upon the Global Peace Index and P.Pi using her tablet, found the Positive Peace Index. Both inspired, G.Pi the Rooster crowed in happiness. P. Pi, the hen, also crowed in greater happiness (to the surprise of G.Pie but yes, some hens also crow!). Then all the chickens that they gathered joyfully crowed as they went back to their own communities to share the good news.
GPI in a Sound Byte. GPI in a sound byte is a project that integrates technology tools to create an effective, efficient and appealing presentation of the GPI data and research, and to disseminate it to Rotarians/general audience. We propose to create a 2-3-minute sound byte of animated video depicting the GPI research and metrics that can be played at the very beginning or end of any Rotary Club meeting or during the networking hours. The animated video will translate the work of GPI and make it relevant to the Rotary’s six areas of focus 1) Peace and conflict prevention/resolution 2) Disease prevention and treatment 3) Water and sanitation 4) Maternal and child health 5) Basic education and literacy 6) Economic and community. This animated video will then generate more interest among Rotarians and encourage them to look at GPI and connect the data and research to the Rotary six areas of focus.
Summer Lewis and Jorge Meruvia (Jorge is a specialist in social development and strengthening civil society organizations, he has a Master of Public Administration at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan as a Rotary Peace Fellow (2008 – 2010). Summer is a consultant in international development and social responsibility initiatives. She was selected as a Rotary Peace Fellow and completed a Master of International Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2012).
Mapping Peace in Mexico and the Way Forward. We propose live and online presentations/forums (lecture, power point, Q&A and discussion) of the GPI and the Mexico Peace Index (MPI) across south-central and southeast Mexico, as well as online. We are an American and Mexican team, representing the global nature of IEP’s work, as well as the IEP’s specific focus on Mexico through the MPI and their Mexico City office. Our presentations will generate awareness among Rotarians as well as university students, professors and civil society organizations. We have made contact with all potential venues: one presentation is already done and others are confirmed. Attached to this revised proposal, you will find the budget for activities that meets the granted budget of $750 USD.
Eduardo da Costa (Economist, Development Practitioner, and Peace Scholar from Brazil. As the first Rotary Peace Fellow from the Brazilian Amazon region, Eduardo completed a Master of International Development Policy at Duke University, Duke/UNC Rotary Peace Center 2010-2012. He is a student in the PhD Program in Peace and Conflict Studies in the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba, in Canada, where his current research focuses on peace and conflict prevention in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest).
Peace Days and the Community Peace Index. This project includes giving a significant number of Global Peace Index (GPI) presentations during the Peace Days and Peace Days 365 events in Winnipeg, Canada, in September 2016 and throughout 2017. Peace Days was created in 2010 by World Peace Partners (WPP), an initiative of Rotary International District 5550. I will also be giving GPI presentations to audiences around Canada, Brazil, and the United States in order to advance the state of knowledge about the drivers of peace as well as work together with Rotary clubs to help them design and implement peacebuilding projects in their districts. With institutional, methodological, and technical support from the Institute for Economics and Peace and other research organizations in Winnipeg, I will also work to develop my idea to create the Community Peace Index, a project which includes determining and measuring indicators to qualify and quantify peace at the community level.
Sellah King’oro (Head of the Research, Policy and Planning Department of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission where she has worked for over six year).
Sharing the Global Peace Index 2016 with Peaceful Elections in Mind. Kenya’s current status of peace (GPI 2015) mirrors the 2009 index, a reflection of the 2008 post-election violence period. Presently, several actors are developing and implementing peace programs meant to secure a peaceful election in 2017. Consequently, this project will disseminate the 2016 Global Peace Index Report to select target audiences through innovative means with a view to influence the focus of peace programs to most pertinent indicators. Specifically, the project will increase the knowledge of 15 government officers from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission on the GPI in a half day induction. Additionally, the project shall have a full day meeting with 20 state and non-state peace organizations to induct them on the 2016 GPI Report and their participation in the twitter-thon which will invite the participation of over 3,000 members of the public.
Sarah Sanderson and Joshua Campbell (Sarah (M.A. Peace Studies candidate) holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Spanish from Hope College as well as a M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from The Ohio State University. Joshua (M.A. Peace Studies candidate) after graduating with a B.A. in Political Science and International Nonprofit Management from University of Nebraska – Omaha, Joshua volunteered for the United States Peace Corps in Morocco).
Training Peacemakers in the Classroom. Incorporating IEP’s GPI and Positive Peace Index into interactive ready-made lessons, we intend to create at least five twenty-minute training modules, which can be used individually or in series, to cultivate youth who have knowledge and skills to promote positive peace in their communities. These modules will be developed initially for use in secondary- and university-level classes promoting critical thinking, international awareness, and life skills development. Alternative lesson plans will be provided using a content-based foreign language education model to teach about GPI and positive peace in an English education setting. Lastly, all modules, along with the GPI Ambassador Program presentation slideshows, will be translated from English into Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese. The GPI lesson plans will be presented at education conferences and workshops and will be implemented in global issues classes in the Tokyo community and beyond.
Ian Madalitso Saini (Malawian by birth and currently working as the Women’s Programs Officer with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ntcheu Agriculture Office).
Launching the IEP’s activities in Malawi: Disseminating Global Peace Index information, the role of IEP’s research findings and its relationship in improving Malawi’s economy. The project will be implemented in Malawi between June and September 2016. The project is of paramount importance as it will expand IEP’s reach in Malawi. Press releases in two newspapers (Daily Times and Nation) in Malawi will kick start the project. Presentations targeting Rotary Club (Bwaila Club), International Organization of Migration, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Ministry of Information/Department of tourism will be conducted. Leaflets outlining the activities conducted by IEP will be produced and distributed in local agriculture libraries. Finally, there will be a press conference organized by IEP officials. The IEP’s visit will also act as the project evaluation mission. By the end of December 2016, it is expected that 140,000 people in Malawi will be aware of IEP’s activities. The Malawi Government will in turn use GPI’s knowledge to market the country to potential investors and tourists and thus improved economic performance.
Phill Gittins (Co-Director, Global Curriculum Development; Country Director-Bolivia for NewGen Peacebuilders, an International Youth Peace Education Program that has been delivered/scheduled in the USA, Bolivia, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Ghana, South Sudan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Australia).
Some reflections on the Theory, Research, and Praxis of Peace and Peace Education. The outputs from this work include a minimum of five presentations and a small book. Divided into 2 phases, its overarching goals are two-fold. The first goal is to contribute to moving the debate beyond the usual focus on conflict and violence in Bolivia, by delivering a variety of presentations which cover key aspects of peace and peace education. This first phase works with Rotarians, the United Nations, and schools/universities in La Paz. The second goal is to contribute to the development of creative communication tools, by creating a small book called “Some reflections on the Theory, Research, and Praxis of Peace and Peace Education”. This second phase works with Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The presentations will be delivered in Spanish, and the book will be published in English and Spanish. They will both cover theoretical and empirical aspects of peace, with particular attention paid to the meanings and use of the term ‘peace’, why it is important to measure it, how this can be done, and some of the drivers that help to create it.
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