Training, seminars, and workshops related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals are offered in cooperation with UNITAR and CIFAL Istanbul.

Social Change Initiative

Fellows leave the 10-week on-site course with their own action plan to implement new learning and ideas from the course, and to apply new leadership skills and a systems mindset to their social change initiative intended to promote peace and development. Fellows will be assigned academic mentors, as well as mentors from Rotary in Türkiye for ongoing support during their fellowship. Possible areas of focus for a social change initiative could include: Human rights and governance; Poverty and economic development; Inter-religious initiatives; Gender, women and development; Public health; Refugees and social cohesion; Youth, conflict prevention and development; Resiliency building; Climate change; Natural resources and land governance; Media.

1-week Capstone Seminar

Fellows return to campus for a one-week on-site capstone seminar. This will be an opportunity to reconnect with the cohort, present the progress of their social change initiatives and plans for the future, and network with the incoming cohort of Rotary Peace Fellows. The capstone is a required component of the program to receive the postgraduate diploma in peace and development studies.

Preliminary Online Course


· Theories of Peace and Development Studies

· Peace Research Methodology

· Instruments and Institutions

· Challenges and Prospects for Peace and Development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


Sustainable Development Module


· Putting Sustainable Development into Practice – Institutions and Instruments for Partnership (partnership)

· Issue Area 1: Equitable Economic Development (prosperity)

· Issue Area 2: Gender, Peace and Development (people)

· Issue Area 3: Migration/Refugee Crises: Challenges to Peace and Development (people)

· Issue Area 4: Environmental Crisis: Challenges to Peace and Development (planet)

· Case Analysis: Sustainable Development Issues in the MENA

· Case Analysis: Best Practices in the MENA


Conflict Resolution Module


· Conflict Management, Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation

· Legal Dimensions of Conflict Resolution

· Negotiation and Mediation Skills

· Western and Middle Eastern Conflict Resolution Mechanisms

· 3P+R: Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

· Role of Cultural Intelligence in PVE/CT

· Regional Peacekeepers in the MENA: Pros and Cons

· Community-led Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation in the MENA


Diplomacy and Cooperation Module


· Methodologies, Means and Modes of Diplomacy

· Diplomatic Practice and the New Global Challenges

· Diplomacy of Normalization

· Citizen Diplomacy in the MENA

· Science Diplomacy in the MENA

· Migration/Refugee Diplomacy in the MENA

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