Experts in peace data analysis, the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) has developed a short peace course for anyone seeking to build peace or kick start social change.
The Positive Peace Academy — a comprehensive introduction to Positive Peace is available anywhere in the world via an online platform.
After introducing a ground breaking method for measuring levels of peace in the world with its annual Global Peace Index, IEP has acquired unparalleled knowledge about how nations develop and destroy peace.
IEP’s Positive Peace framework is based on more than a decade of analysis, and can be used as a practical tool for sustainable development and building peace in some of the most fragile places in the world.
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The online short course encourages participants to pursue peace with tangible methods and introduces the Positive Peace framework, an eight-part model for societal development based on the extensive data analysis undertaken by IEP.
Flexible and relevant for a range of contexts and people, the academy will engage peace practitioners, grassroots community change-makers, official decision-makers, international development professionals or anyone interested in learning about Positive Peace.
Participants will be able to take action after completing the course and implement Positive Peace, while tailoring the material to their specific cultural contexts.
Positive Peace offers a new way to achieve sustainable development, violence reduction, and resilience.
Devised by IEP and based on years of extensive data analysis, the Positive Peace framework is a practical model that is useful for addressing complex social issues and building peace.
The term Positive Peace arose in the 1960s, and has historically been understood qualitatively, based on idealistic concepts of a peaceful society. The distinguishing feature of IEP’s work on Positive Peace is that it is based in empirical data.
IEP’s research has found rewarding benefits associated with Positive Peace including less violence, fewer civil resistance movements and economic prosperity.
Research and data enthusiasts may be keen to find out how IEP creates the annual Global Peace Index (GPI). The short course explains how IEP sources its data and how it is analysed to produce the GPI.
For more than a decade, IEP’s annual GPI continues to be the world’s leading measure of peace by ranking 163 countries according to their levels of peacefulness. The index measures relative states of peace, investigates potential determinants of peace and creates a framework to track and compare levels of peace over time.
There are many strong correlations between the Positive Peace Index indicators and established global measurements of development.
Pursuing only human development, traditionally defined by health and education indicators, or economic development, traditionally defined by gross domestic product, can actually hinder progress overall if not accompanied by other important initiatives.
Positive Peace 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.
Pursuing Positive Peace means simultaneously investing and improving across multiple dimensions to achieve sustainable peace and development.
IEP’s data-led research methods show that peace is not an abstract concept, but something that can be tracked and actioned.