by Wilfrid Wilkinson, Past Rotary International President

The Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution were established in 2002 to develop leaders who build capacity for local, national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict through service.

Over 600 Rotary Peace Fellow alumni work in a variety of areas, including grassroots and local nongovernmental organizations, state and national governments, law enforcement, and bilateral and international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, International Organization for Migration, and the Search for Common Ground.

Through the Rotary Peace Centers program and The Rotary Foundation, Rotarians can increase their effectiveness in promoting greater tolerance and cooperation among people, leading to world understanding and peace.

Rotarians promote and support the program directly by recruiting qualified, potential new Rotary Peace Fellows. Eligibility requirements for the Master degree program include the completion of a Bachelor degree, at least three years of relevant work experience and proficiency in the language of study at one of our six Rotary Peace Centers around the world.

Additionally, Rotarians may support the program by directing part of their District Designated Funds (DDF) to the Rotary Peace Centers program.

Districts that donate the equivalent of US$50,000 in one Rotary year or at least US$25,000 in two consecutive Rotary years qualify to become a Rotary Peace Builder district.

Peace Builder status provides districts with a Rotary Peace Fellow alumnus to speak at your district or multi-district conference featuring a personal testimony of the significant impact these Fellows have on local communities through conflict prevention, resolution and reintegration.

Rotary Peace Fellows are actively working in India’s state governments, civil society organizations, judicial and law enforcement agencies, and institutions of secondary and higher education as principals and professors in peace and conflict studies or related fields.

These accomplished individuals live Rotary International President-elect Tanaka’s 2012-13 themes, Peace through Service.

Source : Rotary Coordinator’s (zone 4 6A) e-bulletin – February 2012