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Davis Projects for Peace $10K Award

Davis Projects for Peace

On the occasion of her 100th birthday, Mrs. Kathryn Davis, an international philanthropist alumna of I-House New York, who died in 2013 at age 106, felt some urgency to spark initiatives for building prospects for peace in the world.  She committed $1 million to fund one hundred $10,000 projects for peace as she believed that today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders – ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas.

Projects for Peace is an initiative open to residents of International House - UC Berkeley to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2019 - anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.  

We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace.  Projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.

Please note: There are two different applications for Davis Projects for Peace, each with different eligibility requirments.

Congratulations to the Summer 2018
Davis Projects for Peace winners!

Amy Loo

Building a Community with Refugees in Japan (Japan)

Shan Wang & Yiwen Zhang (campus-wide)

Good Buddy Plus: Social Innovation for Awareness and Action (China)

Yiwen Zhang and Hans Giesecke

Yiwen Zhang and Hans Giesecke


Previous Davis Projects for Peace

Award Winners


Repairing the Legacies of the Vietnam War in Vietnam: Sayaka Ri

Building Hope: A Makerspace for a Refugee Camp in Bekaa Valley,
Lebanon: Patrick Thelan

Iwili Project in Burkina Faso: Rassidatou Konate (campus-wide)

2017 Davis Projects for Peace Winners



Communicating Peace Youth Conference in Thailand: Hayden Shelby

Empowering Adolescents through Filmmaking in the West Bank in Palestine:
Thanh Mai Bercher (campus-wide)

2016 Davis Projects for Peace Winners



Solar Energy for Community School in Mozambique: Diana Quelhas &
Samuel Fernandes

Women’s Leadership Mentoring Camp in Rwanda: Patricie Uwase Mavubi

Capoeira Para Todos: Developing Local Female Trainers to Support Psychosocial Wellbeing in Jordan: Kasandra Kachakji (campus-wide)

2015 Davis Projects for Peace Winners


Recycle Up in Ghana: Manuel Schulze & Torben Fischer

Revitalizing Learning Spaces for Children Affected by Haiyan: Alinaya Fabros


Clicking Together in India: Shiv Tandan & Hannah Yang


Finding Common Ground in Israel/Palestine: Dana DePietro

Light from Below-Panama: Oscar Diaz & Nestor Moreno

Semillas del Futuro-Guatemala: Germán Macias & Catalina Saldivia


Mobile Library for Peace in India: Aravind Unni

Empowering Citizens with Environmental Awareness in Sri Lanka:
Lisa Fleming & Andrew Stokols


Healthy Ka Pamilya in the Philippines: Jacqueline Barin

Outdoctrination in Ethiopia: Jason Atwood


Microblogging for Peace in India: Usree Bhattacharya



Peace Camp & Peace Center in Cambodia: Ana T. Villarreal

Writing Workshop in Cambodia: Aaron Sorenson

Safe Water for a Safe World in India: Ayse Ercumen

Sastimasa: Education for Liberation in Kosovo: Sina AkhavaOn