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100 Projects for Peace

The Davis United World College program has announced another "100 Projects for Peace" competition. Through this competition, the program provides $10,000 in support of grassroots projects that promote peace through conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation to be carried out in the summer of 2017. Frequently asked questions and answers about the project >

What constitutes a peace project?
Undergraduates at approximately 90 colleges and universities, including Tufts, are being asked to design a "grassroots project for peace," and to submit the application to a local review committee. Each participating university will nominate its first choice, which, subject to confirmation at the national level, will receive full funding. The Tufts selection committee will also forward an alternate proposal that will compete for one of the remaining awards.

In general, projects should be building blocks for a sustainable peace. The overall program is intended to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere, including in the U.S.

As noted by Projects for Peace, some of the most compelling projects to date have had the following characteristics:

  • contributed to conflict prevention;
  • ameliorated conditions leading to violence/conflict;
  • identified and built on shared attributes among differing peoples, races, ethnicities, tribes, clans, etc.;
  • fostered diplomacy or otherwise contributed to advancing peace processes underway;
  • promoted economic opportunity and entrepreneurship among those in post-conflict areas;
  • defined creative ways to bring people on opposite sides of issues together, such as through art, sports, music or other techniques to promote a common humanity; developing leadership and mediation skills training for those in conflict or post-conflict societies;
  • started or leveraged initiatives, organizations (e.g. education, health) or infrastructure projects to build/rebuild community.

What is required?
Students must submit a two-page proposal and one-page budget to be considered. Proposals are due on January 23, 2017 at noon.
Guidelines for Applicant Letter of Intent and Partner Letter of Commitment >

Additionally, a short Letter of Intent to submit a proposal is due, by email, to pjs@tufts.edu, on January 9, 2017 at noon (the week before classes begin).
Complete proposal guidelines and resource information >

Interested in learning more?
The review committee will be hosting two information sessions at Tufts, in which they will share information and resources for students. For more information, please attend the information session in Campus Center 207 on Tuesday November 15 at 12:00pm or Wednesday November 16 at 5:00pm.

How are projects selected?

The first stage of the proposal review will be conducted anonymously. The Davis Program and the Tufts committees "hope to encourage student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation."

Interviews with candidates whose applications have been selected by the Tufts committee will be interviewed beginning February 3, 2017.

Where can I review past proposals and winners?
A listing and the final reports of all of the successful projects can be found at www.davisprojectsforpeace.org. You are strongly encouraged to research those proposals and reports for ideas, insights and inspiration for your own proposal development.

For Tufts' 2016 winning project, 'S.H.I.N.E. On The Gambia: Solar Harnessing for Income, Nutrition, and Empowerment' download the Proposal, and read the Final Report.

This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a productive process and to use your education to further positive outcomes. It also fits the university's commitment to support active citizenship. We encourage students in all departments to develop and submit a Project for Peace proposal.