Everyday Peace Indicators Project
Earlier this year, I had the honor of joining a new research initiative called the Everyday Peace Indicators Project, or EPI.
EPI is a joint project of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in the United States (where I’m pursuing my Master’s in Peace Studies); the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa; and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. EPI aims to investigate alternative, bottom-up indicators of peace over the next 18 months in four countries–South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and South Sudan.
In each country we’ll be partners with local NGOs, who will, in turn, work with local communities to identify and test indicators that assess changes in peace and conflict as experienced at the grassroots level. To do, we will be piloting new mobile phone technology. We hope the project will develop a replicable model for how to harness local knowledge of peace and integrate it formally with ongoing international, bilateral and NGO efforts to measure peace and democracy.
You can learn more about the Everyday Peace Indicators Project and follow our progress at everydaypeaceindicators.org.