2022 Positive Peace Report Release
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has released Positive Peace Report 2022: Analysing the Factors that Build, Predict and Sustain Peace, a report that uses a “Positive Peace Index (PPI)” to evaluate and compare societal peace efforts in 163 countries. Utilizing this index, IEP found that over the past 10 years 126 countries saw improvements to their PPI scores. This indicates that globally people are promoting “attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies,” otherwise known as “Positive Peace.” Key factors used to assess Positive Peace include:
- A well-functioning government
- Sound business environment
- Equitable distribution of resources
- Acceptance of the rights of others
- Good relations with neighbors
- Free flow of information
- High-levels of human capital
- Low levels of corruption
These “Pillars of Positive Peace” are critical in congruence with each other. Fortunately, from a global perspective, only one pillar, low levels of corruption, deteriorated from 2009-2020. Corruption seemed to increase in the last decade, indicating either “greater corruption or an increase in awareness of it around the world.” However, according to the report, “[a]lmost all regions of the globe recorded improvements in Positive Peace over the past decade[.]”
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