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.
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
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;
and built on shared attributes among differing peoples, races,
ethnicities, tribes, clans, etc.;
diplomacy or otherwise contributed to advancing peace processes
economic opportunity and entrepreneurship among those in
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
- 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.
Interested in learning more?
Check out this
live streamed YouTube Q&A with two Tufts Alumni who were past winners of the project.
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
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
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
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.