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Mali On The Brink: Local Voices for Peace

‘Mali On The Brink’ is the latest in our series of ‘Local Voices for Peace‘ reports, the aim of which is to raise the profile of civil society perspectives on peace and conflict. Mali is facing escalating violent conflict that has spread from the peripheral Sahel regions in the far northwest to the centre of … Continued

Local Voices for Peace in Zimbabwe

This report presents the analysis and recommendations of Zimbabwean civil society activists that emerged from a practitioner workshop (called a ‘Peace Exchange’ in this report) which took place in Harare in April 2017.

Local Voices for Peace in Northern Nigeria

In June 2016, Peace Direct convened a ‘Peace Exchange’ in Northern Nigeria. This brought together 17 local peacebuilding organisations to collectively analyse the conflicts facing their communities, and develop joint strategies to help local groups prevent more mass atrocities in the region. This report brings together their analysis and recommendations and adovcates for a shift to a locally-led approach, directly engaging and supporting civil society groups in order to reduce the devastation caused by conflict in Northern Nigeria.

Youth and Peacebuilding

Young people around the world are charting creative and innovative ways to build peace. This report shares key insights and policy recommendations to enhance youth inclusion in peacebuilding processes, which has the voices and views of young peacebuilders at its heart.

Youth and Peacebuilding

Young peacebuilders around the world are charting creative and innovative ways to assert their voices, thus contributing to shaping an inclusive culture for diverse youth constituencies in peacebuilding processes. Drawing on a three-day online consultation organised by Peace Direct and United Network of Young (UNOY) Peacebuilders in April 2019 with local peacebuilders from across the world, this report shares key insights and policy recommendations to enhance youth inclusion in … Continued

Opportunities for Peace in Kismayo, Somalia

‘Opportunities for Peace in Kismayo, Somalia, is the latest in our series of ‘Local Voices for Peace’ reports, the aim of which is to raise the profile of civil society perspectives on peace and conflict. This report presents the findings of Peace Direct’s first Peace Exchange workshop in Kismayo, a practioner-led conflict analysis workshop bringing together 24 representatives from grassroots peacebuilding organisations from within Kismayo.

Non-violence wins the day in Sudan: Local voices on the ousting of President al-Bashir

On April 11, President al-Bashir of Sudan has stepped down, following months of protests. We witnessed the power of civil society to lead a non-violent movement creating real change. We spoke to our local peacebuilding partner, Rasha Ahmed of Collaborative for Peace Sudan (CfPS), about what the overthrow of Bashir might mean for prospects of peace in the country.

Voices of SDG16+ Stories for Global Action

Are you working to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies? Have you been supporting local-level work to improve opportunities for peace? The United Nations committed to achieving peaceful, just, and inclusive societies through Sustainable Development Goal 16+ (SDG16+), which is part of the 2030 Agenda’s call to achieve peace and sustainable development in every country around … Continued

New US Policy Initiatives Recognize the Importance of Local Peacebuilding

The inclusion of local civil society in peacebuilding initiatives is vital to building sustainable peace. The U.S. Congress is considering a new policy initiative which will take local voices into consideration. The U.S. House of Representative and U.S. Senate have introduced the Global Fragility Act of 2019 earlier this year. It demonstrates significant progress towards international recognition of the critical role played by local people. The initiative brings the United States closer to a more focused, high-level policy response to address violence and instability in the world’s toughest places; one that places locally-led peacebuilding at the forefront.

Civil Society and Inclusive Peace

Inclusive peace, or the idea that all stakeholders in a society should have a role in defining and shaping peace, is receiving widespread global recognition. Still, despite the progress made through the increased recognition of inclusive peace at the theoretical and policy level, it has proven difficult to achieve in reality. We teamed up with the Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict to explore the dynamics of inclusivity and peacebuilding in further detail in our latest report.