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$1,000 - $10,000
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For three decades, Yehudah Paz has been bringing peace to the highly conflicted area of the Middle East. Yehudah links human cooperation with economic development and focuses on civil society as the vehicle for successful social transformation. Through fostering collaborative Arab-Israeli grassroots enterprises with an emphasis on sustainable growth, he is providing developmental opportunities for conflicted communities, so that peace is sustained through clear prospects of improvements in living standards and hope for the future. His work is now spreading globally.

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Yehudah realized early on in his career that peace cannot be achieved without improving the welfare of those living in adversity and conflict. Yehudah’s model for societies in transition bridges the fields of international development and conflict resolution by linking human collaboration with economic development. As an early pioneer of the ‘people-to-people’ development approach, Yehudah places high value on the role that people play in the development process in partnership with, rather than dependent upon, governmental and international agencies. Yehudah brings groups of people together from across the barriers of hatred and conflict, promotes understanding and knowledge of each other, and engages them in joint endeavors that improve their collective socio-economic wellbeing. In 1998, Yehudah created NISPED (the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development) in the effort to combine education and training with practical demonstration projects. NISPED plays two primary functions: a training institute that conducts courses, seminars and study tours to educate and equip the next generation of peacemakers and also an orchestrator of local activities that promote, initiate, organize and evaluate concrete economic and social projects using the tools of small and medium business enterprises. Yehudah’s work spans across three geographical spheres: locally in Israel and the Palestinian Territories; regionally in the Middle East; and internationally in any locale experiencing movement along any or all continua. The combination of his efforts has demonstrated that societies in transition can and will sustain peace and have clear prospects for growth, improvement of living standards, and hope for the future.