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February 13, 2014

Meet the Rotary Peace Fellows – Frannie Noble

Meet Frannie Noble, our next Rotary Peace Fellow from Class 12.  Frannie attends the University of Bradford in the UK, which is one of the Rotary Peace Centers. As a Peace Fellow in Bradford’s Division of Peace Studies, Frannie is working toward an MA in Peace, Conflict and Development. Her particular area of interest is children’s rights.

Frannie’s interest in children’s rights grew out of work and study in West Africa. While living in Bamako, Mali, she interned with the Coalition of African NGOs Working with Children, and volunteered at a state run orphanage in the capital.

Following university, Frannie traveled through Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania to better understand care systems for orphaned and abandoned children with a particular interest in learning how children’s programs worked with local governments.

In 2010 Frannie began work in Nairobi, Kenya, to establish and run Oasis, an outreach program of Flying Kites, Inc. The program worked to unite local children’s homes and offer professional training to orphanage staff.

Frannie is interested in project management, in particular programs that support the needs of children and families in conflict.

We asked each Peace Fellow two interview questions.  Here are Frannie’s answers: 

1.   What is your opinion about the prospects of an end to armed conflict in  the next 50 years?

I believe the efforts to reduce arms and to end violent conflict are appropriate and necessary, but a complete end to armed conflict is an incredibly complex challenge. While I do not believe that we will see a complete end to armed conflict in the next 50 years, I do believe that an increased awareness of different types of violence, examples including domestic violence, structural violence, environmental degradation, and violence towards women, is helping to change the way countries and people work to improve the quality of life for individuals. Even more so, a greater respect for local participation and solidarity in solving conflicts and decreasing violence can and should be used to contribute to greater peacebuilding efforts.

2.   What do you believe are the three most important contributing factors  to fostering peace within and among nations?

Local ownership, involvement and partnership in development and peace building projects.  

An end to the use of root causes of conflict as an explanation for violence. When we simplify conflict into compartmentalized and often stagnant “root causes” it diminishes how we think about the individuals involved in the conflict and limits our ability to respond in a dynamic manner. 

A change in the selection process and appointments of leaders to international organizations like the IMF and World Bank to better represent the populations they serve.  

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