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Essential work in DR Congo supported by UK Aid


In March 2020, we were delighted to receive a Jo Cox Memorial Grant, made available by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in memory and respect to Jo Cox, who dedicated her career to standing up for justice.

  • Published

    5 March 2020
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    Peace Direct

The award of £1,070,048 has supported us to continue supporting our local peacebuilding partners operating in the Beni territory of eastern DR Congo; an area that receives little international attention or support, yet where local peacebuilding work is innovative, courageous and impactful.

This support is transformational for communities in preventing and responding to rising tensions before they erupt, and for helping those affected by violence to better spot the early warning signs that can lead to violence, division and conflict. 

We are proud to share the achievements made for peace with support from the Jo Cox Memorial Grant :

  • In 2020, we continued supporting our partners in Eastern Congo to ensure that local civil society can provide strategic & coordinated atrocity prevention work. The network in DRC now consists of 121 citizen reporters trained to report on incidents of violence.
  • 460 community members in DRC were trained in human rights, advocacy and early warning systems in 2020.
  • The expansion of early warning networks and the creation of additional local protection committees resulted in 2,175 verified alerts of tensions or violence, helping keep communities safe.
  • Despite a restrictive environment and lack of government support, 286 locally-driven responses to warning signs of identity-based violence were conducted in Eastern DRC.


Thanks to the support from UK Aid from the British people, we have supported local communities to respond to the early signs of violence, and prevent atrocities. 

With thanks to the Jo Cox Memorial Fund, the important work our partners are doing on the ground will reach local decision makers and their communities.

Dylan Mathews, Chief Executive of Peace Direct, said about the award: “I’d like to take the opportunity to thank UK Aid for believing with us in the power of local action to resolve conflict. With this dedicated support, our local partners will be able to develop their early warning and rapid response activities, so that localised violence is stopped before it escalates, and local organisations are better able to tackle the root causes of extremism and find non-violent solutions."

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