Global Response Network: Stand With Peace
Stand with Peace: A Call for a Third-Party Nonviolent Rapid Response Network. A Concept Paper
By Michael Beer, Nonviolence International
The globe needs active peacemaking across many sectors including expatriates living in countries with unhealthy conflict. A low-profile global response network of expatriate citizens (international residents) shall be created to help expatriates engage in non-partisan peacemaking activities. Expatriates in many cases have social and economic privilege in addition to their 3rd party status, to gently intervene in conflicts.
The current pressure to literally and figuratively “parachute” experts , police, or soldiers in to conflicts is expensive and often lacking in local cultural knowledge and relationships necessary to resolve the conflict. Nonviolent missions are often stymied as well by governments not wanting to invite in more outsiders. Visas are simply denied.
Expatriates often have opportunities to help in unhealthy conflicts. Most are afraid of angering parties to the conflict and therefore avoid involvement. There is an alternative to doing nothing and watching people harm or kill each other, and that is to engage in nonviolent nonpartisan activities to promote peace and justice . We believe some expatriates will be interested. Nonviolence International has circulated 12 activities that can be used in many conflicts. (see attachment below)
A network (such as the Rotary Club) may be formed to a)coordinate, b)advocate, c)support and d)educate expatriates in the field. The strategic impact of this effort is based upon the assumption that dozens or hundreds of micro-efforts may create space for a peaceful and just resolution of conflicts.
A dedicated website should include a code of conduct by which all members/affiliated persons shall abide. Affiliated persons would need to register . Reports could be posted on a selective basis. Resource materials and possibly training videos could be provide on-going education. The group could help expatriates network and coordinate work together magnifying a strategic impact. An international body may advocate and speak up for an expatriate who is arrested or mistreated for non-partisan activities. A relief fund could be established for expatriates whose families are mistreated
Secondary/indirect benefit: A sustained educational program towards Rotary clubs with expats could also benefit locals since some of these peacemaking methods can be used by locals.
Security is a huge concern and the program will be designed with that in mind. Possible international partners include Rotary Clubs, International Chamber of Commerce, Lions Clubs, MBB and other service clubs. Partnerships with nonviolent third party peace teams are possible like Nonviolent Peaceforce and Peace Brigades International.
The project will be initiated by Nonviolence International. Partners to develop the idea are welcome and a spin off of a successful project is encouraged if needed.
Funding an assessment/survey of the viability and interest of Rotary Clubs and expats in conflicted countries in receiving education and support in how to do peacemaking. This would also assess the potential scale of the project, i.e. how many expats in Rotary Clubs in conflicted/troubled countries are there?
Additional funding could pilot an educational peacemaking program targeting Rotary clubs with many expats in troubled countries.
|Project Contact Name|
|Project Contact Email|
|Project URL (website)|
|4000 Albemarle St. #401|
washington, DC 20016
|Project Time Frame|
|Nonviolence International can provide some staff time.|
Funding needed: A consultant hired to conduct an assessment/global survey.
Funding needed: A consultant hired to pilot an educational peacemaking program targeting Rotary clubs with many expats in troubled countries. (This has at least two parts: a curriculum development and a program delivery)
|Ultimately the project is designed to rely heavily on volunteers particularly the expatriate peacemakers all over the globe.|
|Is there a Global Grant for this project?|
|Nonviolence International has proposed the idea and is looking for implementing partners. NI has close relationships with many 3rd party peacemaking groups that would be motivated to support a unique effort such as this. These include Nonviolent Peaceforce, Peace Brigades. International, Christian Peacemaker Teams. They have the expertise to help educate, train and support this project. It could be that UN volunteers would be quite interested.|