Civilian Based Peace Process in Southern Thailand: Educational and Humanitarian Training of Rotarians in the Deep South conflict

Project Description

The first training of Rotarians in Area of Focus Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution under the new TRF rules, this project trained 160 Rotarians in Pattani, Hatyai and Bangkok, Thailand, to understand the history of the Southern Thailand conflict and the ongoing civilian based peace process.

Partnering with Nonviolent Peaceforce, Prince of Songkla Universities in Pattani and Hatyai, and the Peace Resource Center, the Rotary Clubs of St. Paul, MN, and Khuanlang-Hatyai Thailand brought together Rotarians and their colleagues in Thai Nongovernmental Organizations and local authorities, to move toward working together for peace.

Three workshops were held: Pattani, Hatyai, and Bangkok. Included in the training was the concept of “do no harm”: conflict sensitive development that evaluates projects to assure that they do not create or exacerbate conflict in the host communities.