Fellows focused on peace and conflict resolution may approach the subject from any of these different points of view, and through their coursework and internships will be supported to combine both the theory and practice of conflict resolution, conflict-sensitive policymaking, and strategies toward building peace.
In today’s world, peace, conflict, and development are intertwined. Including peace and conflict as an area of focus within international development allows fellows to think about how development problems can be viewed through these lenses, and how to adjust policy recommendations and social programs so that they better meet the needs of people living in conflict areas. It is also important to have development practitioners who are focused on what happens after conflict. When peace is established, how can rebuilding and progress begin in a way that is sensitive to the needs of survivors? Fellows studying peace and conflict resolution will look at the conflict and development from both sides: how to prevent or counterbalance the outbreak of war and conflict through development interventions and how to help communities rebuild and move forward post-conflict.
DCID is home to the Duke side of the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, one of only six such centers around the world and the only one in the United States. Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships that allow peacebuilders and future leaders from the around the world to study in one of these prestigious centers. Rotary Peace Fellows who come to the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center can choose to apply to either Duke’s Master of International Development (MIDP) program, or a program at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. The program typically takes 10 fellows, with five attending Duke and five attending UNC. In addition to the tuition scholarship, the program includes applied and practical elements, professional development support, and networking opportunities. Click here to learn more about the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center.
Fellows interested in peace and conflict resolution may also be interested in how conflict intersects with human rights. The Duke Human Rights Center, part of Duke’s Fanklin Humanities Institute, “brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, staff and students to promote new understandings about global human rights issues. We put special emphasis on issues of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, income inequality, the environment and artistic responses in our teaching, programming and outreach. The Center is committed to the goal of social justice as well as the study and practice of accountability and reconciliation. In partnership with the FHI, we see the humanities as an essential frame and launch point for inquiry. Our goal is to foster collaborative, cross-disciplinary and critical thinking about human rights in both local and global contexts. We put particular emphasis on developing undergraduate courses and global experiences as well as sponsoring campus-wide events that encourage awareness and activism on global human rights issues.”
To learn more about the MIDP program click here
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