Nearly 800 people from Ethiopia have signed-up for a Positive Peace programme devised by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP).
The Ethiopian Positive Peace Ambassadors Programme will provide participants with an opportunity to gain concrete knowledge and resources to foster peace in their communities.
Through a series of three webinars, the ambassadors will learn about IEP’s data and methodology, while gaining an understanding of how to communicate peace research.
The programme also includes an introduction to Positive Peace including the IEP-devised model for practical implementation or peacebuilding, known as the Pillars of Positive Peace.
To complete the programme, participants will put their newly acquired knowledge to use by preparing a final project that applies Positive Peace in their communities.
The programme will be implemented at a time when Ethiopia grapples with an outbreak of violence in the Tigray region of the country. The conflict between federal and regional forces that began in November 2020 has pushed more than 50,000 refugees into neighbouring Sudan and developed into a humanitarian crisis.
A cost-free programme provided in collaboration with the local Rotary Club of Addis Ababa has attracted local Rotarians, artists and entrepreneurs, and members of the Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission.
IEP’s Ambassador Programme began in 2016. Offered twice a year to applicants from around the world, it brings a range of peacemakers and other professionals together to create an international network of leaders who are creating a paradigm shift in the way the world interacts with, and understands peace.
Positive Peace is defined as the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies, and represents a holistic approach to developing peace. It not only reduces violence and the level of grievances, it also provides a framework for robust human development.
Well-known for producing the Global Peace Index, IEP’s research represents some of the most comprehensive, data-driven analyses within the field of peace and conflict prevention and resolution.