Peace and Prosperity Projects for San Miguel
By Robin Loving Rowland
The Mexico Peace Index measures the state of peace in Mexico over the past decade. Its creator, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), analyzes the economic benefits that would occur from increases in peace and provides an estimate relating to the economic impact violence has had on Mexico. The IEP is an independent, nonpartisan think tank.
The index uses seven indicators to measure peace at the state level, including homicide, violent crime, weapons crime, incarceration, police funding, organized crime, and the efficiency of the justice system.
The index estimates that violence (direct and indirect cost and potential economic effects) costs the country the equivalent of 27.7 percent of its gross domestic product annually, equal to giving every Mexican 37,000 pesos. In 2013, the Mexico Peace Index found that peacefulness had improved by 7.4 percent over the past two years, and that Mexico “has the greatest potential of any country in the world to overcome its current levels of violence and build a more peaceful society.” Querétaro was rated the second most peaceful state, Morelos the least.
A new Mexico Peace Index is about to be released, and Paty de Obeso of the IEP will be in San Miguel on April 25 to share the results at the International Conference of Peace and Prosperity, between 9:30am and 1pm at Hotel Misión, Salida a Querétaro 1. This will be a free event with priority seating available for 100 pesos (including headphones for translation). Additional headphones will be available for 50 pesos (general) and 25 pesos (students with student ID) for simultaneous translation of the English and Spanish panelists. Doors will open at 9am for exhibit viewing and headset rental.
At that event, the results of an Invitation for Proposals for Peace and Prosperity in San Miguel will be announced, and the winner will receive a plaque and 2,000 pesos from Camino de la Paz and Rotary, the conference organizers. Individuals, organizations, students, and businesses can propose actionable peace projects for San Miguel that could be replicated in other cities around the world. The University of Leon, as well as business people, will help to evaluate and judge all proposals. Guidelines require an essay of five pages or fewer with objective, segment of the population affected, type of peace, economic value to be generated or saved, procedure for verification, and cost of initial investment. For full details, contact email@example.com, noting “Peace and Prosperity Proposal” on the subject line. “There are few parameters for these proposals in order to allow a lot of participants,” said former Rotary Midday President Lee Carter, “and the exciting thing is that the winning proposal may be something that local Rotary Clubs will consider funding.” Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 14. All proposals must be submitted in Spanish. There is no cost to make a proposal.
Additional sponsors include AMPI, Andre Baltimore, City of San Miguel’s economic promotion and international relations office, Hotel Misión, La Zona Business Association, the Nonprofit Resource Center, and Rick Wendling. For more information about sponsorship benefits, contact Carlos Olivares at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Schneider at email@example.com. To volunteer at the conference, contact Jean Paul Peretz at firstname.lastname@example.org.