In the summer of 2014, the Center launched the Peacebuilders Fellowship - a summer fellowship program for graduate students. This first batch of Peacebuilder Fellows completed their fellowship in summer 2014.
In keeping with the mission of the Center, the goal of the Peacebuilders Fellowship is to give a voice to the voiceless. Fellows spent around two months in the field and collect stories of people who have experienced conflict. The hope is that the individual stories will give face to a “distant” conflict, providing empirical knowledge which in turn will empower people to act. Peacebuilder Fellows are therefore, storytellers for peace. Additionally, this supports the Center's slogan "Knowledge as Action; Action as Change."
For the year 2014, the Center focused on water related conflicts and the Peacebuilders Fellowship will emphasize the gathering of stories of individuals who are stakeholders whose interests have clashed over water. The four regions of focus for the year 2014 were Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle-East. The four countries for study in these regions are:
A total of nine fellows (two fellows for each one of the four countries decided -Mexico had three fellows) will travel over the summer gathering stories. Mandatory pre-departure trainings (online) were conducted in the third week of May 2014. Fellows are expected to be in the field for 8 to 10 weeks in the period between June 1 and August 15. Upon return, fellows will work with CCS to present these stories over the web. Stories will be told through a variety of platforms – audio podcasts, video interviews, testimonials and digital storytelling.
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