NEW PEACE CENTER IN AFRICA
We’re launching our first Rotary Peace Center in Africa to train
leaders who can focus on the underlying threats to peace in the
region. The Rotary Foundation has set a fundraising goal of
$12 million to endow the new center and cover the cost of the
The peace center at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda,
will offer a professional development certificate, with its first
peace fellows beginning their studies in early 2021. The certificate
program will emphasize issues and solutions that are especially
relevant in Africa and will provide practical experience to
supplement coursework in areas such as human rights, governance
and media, climate change, and refugee migration.
Makerere will become the second Rotary Peace Center to offer a
professional development certificate. Chulalongkorn University in
Bangkok, Thailand, became the first in 2005.
Makerere University is in the heart of the African Great Lakes, a
region that has experienced political instability, civil war, ethnic
hostilities, and genocide. The university created a peace studies
program more than 20 years ago.
Rotary Peace Fellows at Makerere will learn how to influence
policies and take action to transform society through Positive
Peace. More than just the absence of violence, Positive Peace puts
in place the structures, institutions, and attitudes that allow peace
The professional development certificate, expanded from a
three-month curriculum to a yearlong program, begins with
an online course followed by 10 weeks of in-person study at
the university. The coursework will be accompanied by a
Positive Peace workshop based on each fellow’s chosen
curriculum, conducted in partnership with the Institute for
Economics and Peace.
The coursework at Makerere prepares fellows to then return
home for about nine months to implement a social change
initiative intended to promote peace and development. At the
end of the program, peace fellows will return to Makerere for
a capstone seminar, where they’ll report on their social change
initiative and address the next class of peace fellows.
The new peace center will benefit all of Africa, but especially
the sub-Saharan region, says Bryn Styles, chair of the Rotary
Peace Centers Committee and a member of the Rotary Club
of Barrie-Huronia, Ontario, Canada.
“That’s the advantage of the certificate program, especially
at Makerere,” says Styles. “It will provide peace fellows with
hands-on experience that will allow them to go back to their
communities with tools they can use.”
Applications open in February. Learn how you can recruit,
support, and endorse a peace fellow candidate.
SUPPORT THE PEACE CENTERS WITH CASH OR
DISTRICT DESIGNATED FUNDS
You can support this new addition to the Rotary Peace Centers and
contribute to the long-term stability of all of the peace centers by
donating cash or using your District Designated Funds. Here’s how:
Make a donation to the peace centers. Go to rotary.org/
donate and click the DONATE button. On the next page,
where you’re asked what you would like to support, go to
the Endowment tab and choose Endowment-Rotary Peace
Make your district a Peacebuilder District by contributing
DDF to Rotary Peace Centers-Fellowships to support
learning at the peace centers now. Districts that give at
least $25,000 in DDF each year qualify for this recognition.
Contribute DDF to the Rotary Peace Centers Endowed
Fund to support the program’s future. The principal
of your contribution is invested for the long term, and
its spendable earnings help pay for the peace centers