Real Action in Peace Building
As part of Rotary’s commitment to making the world a better place, an emphasis has been placed on building world peace. While often called a “lofty idea”, Rotary has begun programs and designations that are already making a difference.
Many Rotary districts around the world now allocate from their District Designated Funds thousands of dollars to support a Rotary World Peace Scholar for study at one of the seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.
Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows earn a master’s degree in international relations, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies.
Alumni work in a variety of areas, including grassroots and local nongovernmental organizations, national governments, the military, law enforcement, and bilateral and international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, International Organization for Migration, and Organization of American States. Graduates of the Rotary Peace Centers program also benefit from the support of a worldwide network of more than 500 alumni committed to building peace.