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International Network for Sustainable Peace & Development

Projects for Praxis, Peace & Prosperity

The International Network for Sustainable Peace and Development was launched to build on current research to become a “Model” for promoting ideas, new knowledge, exchanges, training, education, and projects that support sustainable peace, development and social justice in schools, colleges, universities, and communities in the United States, Burundi, Northern Ireland, and elsewhere where conflicts or threats of violence undermine the well-being of communities, the environment, and the economy.

We are integrating leading ede theory with community supported initiatives to created projects for praxis, peace, and prosperity.

To learn more, please visit our website at http://peace-development.colostate.edu.



International Network for Sustainable Peace and Development Posts


Wiping Clean the Dust of Violence to see the Peace Within

Rye Barcott’s (2011) autobiography, It Happened on the Way to War (New York: Bloomsbury), describes his “path to peace” as he journeys from an undergraduate using the ethnic violence in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya as a senior thesis topic to his enlistment in the Marine Corps and the subsequent tours of duty in Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Along that route he identifies some crucial lessons learned.

There are so many challenges here and that is exciting - Notes from Burundi

Brian Menelet teaches law at the University of Ngozi (UNG) Our office spaces made us neighbors although he shared his 20 foot by 20 foot space with another law professor and I shared my space with the Spanish teacher. He was born in France, completed a Ph.D. in political science, taught a year in Tahiti, and found this three-year assignment in Burundi for minimum salary and free University housing. “I live simply and it is enough.”
 

The Student Association for Communicating Sustainable Peace and Development

We gather with Lambert to talk about the year’s efforts. Nine students are having a meeting to finalize the statutes so that they can be officially approved as a University of Ngozi (UNG) association. I ask about what they have done over the past twelve months. Elias, the Club’s President, insists that “this work is important. It’s what we learned in class with you last summer. Another says that “we have a hard period in the nation with wars and injustice. It’s been difficult for the young. We want peace and love for all. We want to prevent any violence like what we had in the past.”

Rice sifting the traditional way - Notes from Burundi

Graziella Hariyongabo is a very articulate, fourth year interpretation student whose command of English allows her to discuss the most complex issues in a fluid, even rapid fire manner. She hopes to become a journalist for the BBC or a writer. In her mind, “the violence in Burundi stemmed from misunderstandings between the ethnic groups. After independence in 1962, heroes on both sides were assassinated. Then there was genocide in 1972 and the revenge that followed in a series of civil wars.”

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