Essentials of Positive Peace: theory and practice

Course description

This module is built around the conceptual and theoretical background of the Institute for Economics and Positive Peace framework. Adopting this is crucial especially because of the strategic partnership existing between the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and Rotary International. As a facilitator, a Rotary Peace Fellowship Alumnus and a global peace index ambassador for the Institute for economics and peace, I am well positioned to teach and translate the values of both organizations into the fellows learning.

The module is therefore designed to focus on the framework of Positive Peace, integrating IEP’s empirical research on the attitudes, institutions, and structures that contribute to more peaceful societies and also bring case studies from the Rotary’s grassroots work in communities across the globe.

A critical part of is this module is the participatory and outcome oriented workshop expected to hold on day four to assist participants to develop bottom up approaches for building positive peace using their institutional affiliations or communities’ realities.

Aim

This training aim to build and foster Positive Peace mechanism and methodologies among the Rotary Peace Fellows at the Rotary Peace Center for Africa at Makerere University. Specifically, the module is:

Objectives 

  1. To help fellows explore the concept of positive peace and reflect on how to translate such knowledge into aspects of their work life;
  2. To equip fellows with foundational knowledge about the mechanisms that create societal peace, based on Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) Positive Peace framework;
  3. To help fellows determine the extent to which the positive peace factors are relevant and applicable in their various work contexts;

Scope : the course will be taught in phases,

Phase I: Preparation for the training and workshop including designing of course material, evaluation and reflective pieces that will allow active participation of fellows. This includes the process of collection of data and feedback from participants on the module & workshop.

Phase II: Implementing the training for 4 days (training and workshop). The workshop will specifically focus on interactive exercises that encourage the participants to imagined localised positive peace indicators that can serve as pathways for building inclusive functional societies and communities.

Phase III: compilation of training report and submission of such to aid in improving future trainings.

References and Readings

-Institute of economics and peace (2016). Positive peace report 2016. Compilation of the leading research on positive peace and resilience.

-Tuba Turan (2015). Positive peace in theory and practices: Strengthening the united nation’s pre-conflict prevention role, Brill Nijhoff, page 274

-Patricia M Shieds, Joseph Soeters (2015). Peace weaving: Jane Addams positive peace and public administration research article.

-Baljit singh C (2003). John Galtung:  positive and negative peace, affiliation: school of social science, Auckland university of technology.

-David E Tooley (2014). Introduction: the effect of inclusion and exclusion on positive peace, international journal of peace studies, volume 18, winter

-Claske dijema (2007) Negative Versus positive peace

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