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The 2018 Global Peace Index shows the world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade.
In a world increasingly divided and violent, there is a growing need for individuals trained in, and equipped with tools in, peacebuilding and protection. Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a global non-profit focusing on protecting civilians nonviolently through the unique tool of unarmed civilian protection (UCP). The Rotary Peace Fellowship programs train existing and emerging peace and development leaders with the knowledge, practice, and networks needed to address root causes of conflict to help build more peaceful communities.
I recently had the opportunity to meet with Mel Duncan, NP co-founder and Director of Advocacy and Outreach, to discuss the approaches that both NP and Rotary use to build peace within communities. The work of NP and Rotary has intersected in unique ways over the years: To date, fourteen NP staff and volunteers have received Rotary Peace Fellowships, several MA-level fellows have chosen NP for their applied field experience, peace fellows from our certificate program at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand have visited NPs work in the Philippines during their international field study, and local Rotary clubs contribute to both training and the development of new NP programs.
Founded in 2002, NPs mission is to protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies, build peace side-by-side with local communities, and advocate for wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity.
What does that look like once NP is working in a new community? Working on a nonpartisan basis, they meet key players, including state and non-state armed actors, local police, religious, business, traditional community, and civil society leaders especially women and youth. They live and work in communities within conflict zones alongside local people. This requires a tremendous amount of trust, courage, and adaptability.
To learn more about NP’s work and the linkages to Rotary, I interviewed several individuals who have been involved with both organizations.
What drew you to work with NP?
Asha: Most of NP’s work is at the grassroots level, where NP protection officers, both national and international officers, works and live within the community. The experience that I gained from NP, later, helped me to perform my responsibilities as Child Protection Officer with United Nations Mission in South Sudan. I consider my decision to join NP as one of the turning points in my life as it helped me to grow both professionally and personally.