Rotary International

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About Rotary International

Rotary unites people from all continents and cultures who take action to deliver real, long-term solutions to our world’s most persistent issues. In communities across the globe, our 1.4 million members come together to strengthen their connections to friends and neighbors and their commitment to improving lives. While our 46,000 clubs all share a commitment to community service, the experience, focus and dynamics of each club is unique. Becoming a Rotary member connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.

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Rotary International's Causes

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. Each year, Rotary members invest hundreds of millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours in sustainable, community-based solutions to promote health, peace, and prosperity in communities across the globe. Rotary combines global reach, local resources, and highly skilled volunteers with a funding structure that distributes US$200 million annually to provide clean water and sanitation, support education, prevent and treat disease, save mothers and children, grow local economies, promote peace, and protect the environment.

2021 Peace Fellow Peter Pal speaks to children in downtown Kampala during a field trip in Kampala, Uganda. 14 April 2021. Find the story in "Rotary" magazine, August 2021.

Peace Building and Conflict Prevention

The issues of peace and conflict in the 21st century are increasingly complex. Over 80 million people worldwide are displaced by conflict or persecution – often due to lack of basic human needs — food, water, shelter, health care, literacy, jobs, and basic rights.[i] Rotary works to address these basic human needs while simultaneously promoting commonality and cooperation to ensure lasting change. By transforming the conditions that lead to violent conflict, Rotary is helping create more peaceful and resilient communities around the world.  

 


 

2021 Rotary Peace Fellow Olusina Ajao Tunde speaks during a lecture attended by other fellows at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. 12 April 2021. Find the story in "Rotary" magazine, August 2021.
Rotary's role in peacebuilding and conflict prevention

Rotary carries out sustainable projects to bring positive, lasting change to communities locally and globally. One of our areas of focus is taking a holistic approach to address the underlying causes of conflict and build more peaceful societies.

We provide training to adults and young leaders to prevent and resolve conflict through Rotary Peace Fellowships and other Rotary-sponsored initiatives.

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Rotary Peace Centers Makerere University

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace.

Up to 130 peace fellows are chosen each year to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Rotarians provide vital support by promoting Rotary Peace Fellowships and supporting peace fellow candidates through the application process. To date, more than 1,300 peace fellows are working in more than 115 countries to create a more peaceful world.

To focus on shaping peace and development in Africa, Rotary recently established a new peace center at Makerere University, Uganda.

From human rights violations to the impacts of climate change, Rotary and Makerere University are offering a postgraduate certificate program to peace and development leaders who are from or who have worked in Africa to address the underlying challenges to peace in the region.

The year-long program in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Development will emphasize issues and solutions that are of relevance throughout the African continent and beyond. Hands-on experience will complement coursework that addresses topics including human rights, governance, and the role of the media in conflict. Other studies will focus on refugees and migration, as well as resource and identity-based conflicts.

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Makerere University Rotary Peace Center - Fellowships

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,400 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Rotary promotes peace for all communities

Promoting peace is not a problem isolated to the developing world. In Great Britain and Ireland, Rotary clubs encourage understanding, diversity and compassion through a variety of activities at a local level.

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Promotion of new Rotary Peace Center opening at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

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2021 Peace Fellow Peter Pal speaks to children in downtown Kampala during a field trip in Kampala, Uganda. 14 April 2021. Find the story in "Rotary" magazine, August 2021.

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Promotion of new Rotary Peace Center opening at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

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2021 Rotary Peace Fellows Patience Rusare and Sunny Dada during a lecture attended by other fellows at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. 12 April 2021. Find the story in "Rotary" magazine, August 2021.

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