Duke-UNC Rotary Center awarded funding from U.S. Institute of Peace

via UNC Global News

August 28, 2013–The Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution has received $2,000 in funding support from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).  The award will be used to support two workshops for 22 Rotary Peace Fellows entitled, “Creating Lasting Positive Change in Situations of Conflict.” The workshops will focus on the design and implementation of conflict-sensitive development programming and peacebuilding projects.“We are delighted that USIP has placed confidence in the Duke-UNC Rotary Center as evidenced by this award and we look forward to a continued partnership with them in the future,” stated Rotary Center Co-Directors Francis Lethem and James Peacock.  “The USIP award will support our ongoing efforts to impart knowledge and skills to the next generation of peace specialists.”

The Duke-UNC Rotary Center was founded with the goal of building sustainable peace through training in conflict resolution and a holistic approach to international development.  One of only six such centers in the world, it is funded Rotary International.

Each year, the center selects 10 Rotary Peace Fellows based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution. The fellows enroll in either Duke University’s Master of International Development Policy program or one of several master’s programs offered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“USIP is pleased to support organizations like the Duke-UNC Rotary Center and their contribution to the national conversation around international conflict – and methods for resolving those conflicts nonviolently,” commented USIP President Jim Marshall.

The United States Institute of Peace is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Baghdad, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan.

As part of its congressional mandate, USIP devotes a portion of its budget to support organizations that will advance the field of conflict management by developing new techniques, establishing best practices, and professionalizing the field through education and training. The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a program of USIP administered by the Institute of International Education.

With USIP support, the Duke-UNC Rotary Center will offer two full-day workshops to share best practices with Rotary Peace Fellows. These workshops will be led by trainers from CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, a nonprofit organization in Cambridge, Mass., that aims to improve the effectiveness of international actors involved in sustainable development and peacebuilding.

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