2014 has been an enormous year for us at the Institute for Economics and Peace, and we want to thank each and every one of you who have supported us along the way.
One of the core aims of the Institute for Economics and Peace is to “shift the way the world thinks about peace and to show that it is a positive and achievable measure of human well-being and development”. While this is an ambitious goal, it is one that we have been steadily working towards over the last seven years.
In 2014 we feel we are making leaps and bounds towards achieving this goal both in terms of the research we are producing and the impact and influence of this research across the world. We’d like to share a selection of highlights with you from the busy and eventful year that was, and as always, thank you endlessly for your support throughout the year.
In 2014 our research team worked tirelessly to produce two world leading indices, six research reports, three new methodologies, participate in five research collaborations and inform three key policy documents.
This year we produced a new methodology developed to assess countries at risk of instability and increased levels of violence proves to be more accurate than the world’s three leading risk methodologies including World Bank, fragile states and failed states. This risk framework mark a turning point for the Institute, and is an extension of our mission to help build a more peaceful world through generating data, evidence and practical tools on peace.
Our peace metrics and research around positive peace has contributed significantly to peace being included as a goal on the United Nations draft development agenda to commence in 2015. This is of huge importance as the post 2015 development agenda will be the leading framework to shape and guide development in 193 countries until 2030.
World leading economist Jeff Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz are incorporating our research into their teaching materials. They are among 470 others who have used the Global Peace Index and other research in their classrooms.
While research is core to what we do at the Institute for Economics and Peace, equally important is the communication of this research, as we aim to inform not only policy makers, academics, NGOs and IGOs, but also the general public.
In 2014, members of the Institute for Economics and Peace spoke at over 90 different events across six continents. This allowed us to reach around 7,500 people, not including those who were watching some of the events on a live webcast. Many of these events included panel discussions and round tables, presenting us with a great opportunity to explore key themes related to peace and security, as well as learn more about the work of other organisations and individuals in this field. We thank all those who hosted us, and those who we had the privilege of hosting.
Media and Communications Highlights
Both the quality and the quantity of media coverage our research has received this year have been phenomenal. In 2014 alone we have reached over 1.6 billion people. Highlights include:
On the day of launch, the Global Terrorism Index made it to the homepages of SkyNews, Business Insider, BBC, the Guardian and the Atlantic. We were also one of the most popular 20 articles in the New York Times and world renowned journalist and author Fareed Zakaria featured the Index in an in-depth discussion on his CNN show Global Public Square.
As one of our aims is to shift perceptions of peace, it is incredibly important that we engage a broad audience through digital and social media. In 2014 the Global Peace Index featured some of digital media’s most popular viral sites including Mashable, Buzzfeed, Upworthy and the Huffington Post – if we combine the reach of these 4 sites alone that’s reaching over 95 million people.
Vision of Humanity, the digital platform we use to engage a broad audience with our own research, is now accessible in three different languages. This year, the website received over 5.5 million page views from people in over 18,000 cities across all six continents.
2014 was a year of growth, and 2015 looks even bigger. This year we were pleased to double the size of our team in the US and expand further south into Mexico. In 2015 we look forward to welcoming three new researchers to the team in Sydney and growing the reach and impact of our work even further.
As we look to a bright and exciting future, we also acknowledge the support of individuals and organisations that have helped us get to where we are today. In 2015, we look forward to working with you to create a more peaceful future.
Is the world becoming more or less peaceful? What are trends in global peacefulness? Join us as we gear up to release the 8th edition of the Global Peace Index this June.
In an interview with David Gibbons, Steve Killelea talks about what inspired him to create the Global Peace Index and what lessons he has learnt along the way.
The Institute for Economics and Peace has been featured on a list of top think tanks from around the world.
Without peace, there can be no development. Vote for protection against crime and violence and make peace a goal on the post 2015 development agenda.
Now, more than ever, we need to spark a global conversation on the state of peace and to engage all members of society with what we can do to create a more peaceful world.
Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.