Building A Planetary Culture
Peace And Global Citizenship

Project: Sustainability and Peace Institute (SPI)
The SPI model of rural African development presents an approach to economic development, which emphasizes ecological sustainability as a primary and even its organizing value. Below is a summary of the principles of the SPI:

1. The SPI model considers ecological integrity not as one issue among many, but the organizing principle of all issues.
2. Given that the economies of most African countries are still predominantly agricultural, the major emphasis of the SPI model is to contribute to sustainable agricultural systems, so that dependency on food imports is reduced in the short, medium and long term.
3. Given that economic development and ecological integrity are impossible in tribal war-torn countries, the SPI model emphasizes the non-violent resolution of tribal strife and warfare as an integral part of its development approach.
4. Though the emphasis of the SPI model is (bio) regional, it also analyzes, theorizes and mobilizes about balanced external relations both within Africa, the developing and the industrial worlds and with international institutions such as the UN, the IMF and World Bank.
5. Africans themselves are the primary agents to change their normative context from undemocratic practices and institutions to social justice, from narrow-mindedness to respect for diversity, from competition to co-operation, from antagonism to recognition of the interdependence between communities and states, from monopolistic thinking to embrace of opposition opinions, from injustice to human rights, from bias to the eradication of prejudice, and last but not least from environmental negligence and underestimation to well-defined environmental policies where ecological integrity becomes the organizing principle of the local, regional and national community. They can develop, using their own cultural and ecological traditions, an integrated set of positive social and ecological values, knowledge, and aptitudes that can also be shared with the industrial world that is in great need of symbols of social cohesion and ecological integrity. It is particularly in the area of awar
eness of and priority of ecological integrity that the SPI model can make a unique contribution, given that the major governmental programs, including their peace education programs, have not adopted a predominantly biocentric approach.
6. Given the above principles the SPI model provides the model of an institute that engages in sustainability and peace research, education and mobilization. In these three program areas it wants to collaborate and network with African and non-African institutes that subscribe the sustainability approach to economic development and conflict resolution.
Name of the Project
Sustainability and Peace Institute (SPI)
Institution in charge of the project
Fondation Togolaise pour la Paix/Togolese Foundation for Peace (FTP-TFP)
Contact Person
Paulin A. GBESSO

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Name of the presenter(s) of this project
Paulin A. Gbesso
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