Supporting the resettlement of refugees

By Quentin Wodon, Chair of the Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration According to the latest statistics from UNHCR, an estimated 84 million people have been forcibly displaced globally as of mid-2021. Within this group, 26.6 million are refugees and 4.4 million are seeking asylum. As the number of displaced individuals grows … More Supporting the resettlement of refugees

Rotary Peace Fellow using the media to create peace in Zimbabwe

By Patience Rusare, Rotary Peace Fellow at Makerere University When I applied for my Rotary Peace Fellowship for a professional development postgraduate diploma in March 2020, I deliberately chose the new center in Africa, Makerere Rotary Peace Centre in Uganda. In my application, I noted: “My first preference is Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Makerere is located in the … More Rotary Peace Fellow using the media to create peace in Zimbabwe

ShelterBox’s response in Yemen

By Victoria Ifould, International Giving Executive, ShelterBox ShelterBox and Rotary members have a mutual concern about the rising levels of global displacement and a shared passion to support those whose lives are torn apart by disaster and conflict. When war and conflict destroy homes and displace people, shelter is one of the essential building blocks … More ShelterBox’s response in Yemen

Bridging differences for peace through intercountry committees

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Service & Engagement staff Intercountry committees date back to the early 1930s when Rotary members from Germany and France organized a petit comité to further mutual understanding between Rotarians of those two countries. The idea caught on and nearly 30 committees were created in Europe by 1937 when war prevented them from functioning. … More Bridging differences for peace through intercountry committees

5 reminders for peacebuilding in a chaotic world

By Rebecca Crall, Areas of Focus Manager, Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Peace doesn’t happen overnight. Peace is built in small, consistent ways over time. This may often seem counterintuitive, and even unproductive, in a culture where immediate gratification is our norm. While the peacebuilding process is often quiet, personal and complex, it is also one … More 5 reminders for peacebuilding in a chaotic world

Opening Opportunities for Peace through Intercountry Committees

By Cyril Noirtin, 2020-22 Chairman of the Intercountry Committee Executive Council and Chairman of the 2021 Intercountry Committee Preconvention It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 2021 Intercountry Committee Preconvention Conference: Opening Opportunities for Peace, taking place 10-11 June before the Virtual Rotary Convention. This two-day program, the first of its kind, … More Opening Opportunities for Peace through Intercountry Committees

Building international bridges during a pandemic

By Natalia Kunzer, Open World Program Officer at Rotary International   The Open World Program has adapted and built a solid record of virtual programming events for Open World delegates of 2020 and Open World Alumni in light of these uneasy times. The pandemic has shut opportunities for travel and all in-person Open World programs have been suspended since March 2020. While virtual meetings do not replace in-person ones, they offer vital opportunities during these unchartered times.   … More Building international bridges during a pandemic

Upcoming virtual events for projects supporting the environment

By the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group Making the most of virtual meeting technology, Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) members will be sharing project ideas and resources virtually with Rotary and Rotaract members around the world. Check out the upcoming virtual events to get inspired and connect with members on projects that promote environmental … More Upcoming virtual events for projects supporting the environment