The Rotary Positive Peace Academy was created through strategic partnership between Rotary and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). It is a free short course available in English and Spanish, which introduces the transformational framework of Positive Peace.

Peace is a cornerstone of Rotary’s mission and the organization believes that “when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect”. As a result, Rotary works to create environments of peace through undertaking service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships.

The Rotary Positive Peace Academy educates Rotarians in IEP’s technical research on Positive Peace. The Positive Peace framework, empirically derived by IEP, uses statistical analysis to identify the common characteristics of the world’s most peaceful countries.

The goal of the Academy is to help Rotarians use these concepts to improve their peacebuilding and development work. This non-partisan Positive Peace Academy provides the knowledge and a neutral baseline from which learners can create their own practical approach to peaceful societal change – whether at home, in business, or in the community.

The content was created by IEP, but it has been developed with Rotarians in mind. Through this course, learners will strengthen their knowledge and identify concrete ways to enhance and engage in Rotary’s work in peace and conflict resolution and the Areas of Focus – all via a Positive Peace lens.







Learners are introduced to a broad overview of Peace and Conflict related issues and the concepts of positive and negative peace. This course expands on Positive Peace to examine how it is derived and its relationship to several areas of peacebuilding.

The Academy brings theory into practice and learners are able to examine how Positive Peace can impact our homes, Rotary Clubs, cities and nations, through investigating real world examples – including stories of Rotary projects so learners will be able to recognize themselves and their work as they go through the academy.

Upon completion of the four learning modules, learners will:

  • Understand the definition of peace and how it is measured
  • Comprehend the 8 Pillars of Positive Peace
  • Learn how Positive Peace builds long term health and resilience of societies
  • Find out why higher levels of Positive Peace lead to: stronger resilience, better environmental outcomes, higher measures of wellbeing, better performance of development goals and higher per capita income
  • Examine Positive Peace projects from all over the world

The Rotary Positive Peace Academy provides 12 lessons of on-demand videos, exercises and interactive content which can be accessed anywhere – across mobile, tablet and desktop devices.

Learners can take the full course at once or it can be self-paced, and the Academy allows for lifetime access so learners can watch and re-take the course at their convenience.

After completing the Academy, learners are provided with a downloadable certificate to share their success with their Rotary club or employer.

Join us as we train Rotarians across the world in Positive Peace. Get started now.









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