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2019: A year in peacebuilding

Looking back at 2019, I am continually impressed by the courage, commitment, and resilience of our partners and thousands of local peacebuilders around the world. As war and violence raged in many places, local people on the frontlines of conflict have saved lives, interrupted cycles of violence, and strengthened the foundations for lasting peace in their societies.

Overall in 2019, Peace Direct supported local peacebuilders in 12 countries to stop violent conflict. Our partners set up local Peace Courts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, helped children traumatized by Syria’s war and trained Filipino women in conflict resolution, among many other projects.

As the end of the year approaches, we take a moment to look back at some of the key moments in our work and the lives of our partners.

Sri Lanka: a month on

The horrific bombings that shook Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday are no longer newsworthy. The world’s attention has shifted elsewhere, and yet people across the country are still seeking answers to the events that took place a month ago.

Supporting Sri Lanka

On Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka was rocked by a series of bombings that killed more than 250 people at churches and hotels, the worst violence the country has seen in a decade. Our CEO Dylan Mathews shares his own reactions to the attacks and what this means for peacebuilders in the country.

Marching for equality, rights and hope

The coming months ahead are going to test many of us who believe in building bridges rather than walls. Our message, that violence can be prevented and peace can be sustained if we support local efforts, is more urgent than ever before.

An update on your support

Despite a year of war, violence and tumultuous conflict, the work of our partners gives me confidence, hope and inspiration that local people can stop war and build peace, even in the world’s most fragile places. As 2016 draws to a close Chief Executive, Dylan Mathews, shares some of the years’s highlights.

A Peace Day message from CEO Dylan Mathews

Today, as we celebrate International Day of Peace, I hope that we can all take the lessons from local peacebuilders and embody them now, not tomorrow or next week. If we believe in our own power, take the lead in building peace in our communities, and engage other people directly in this, there may well be a time we no longer need to mark one day as International Day of Peace. This is my #messageofhope.

World became less peaceful in 2015, says new report

This week saw the launch of the 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI) report, which made difficult reading for anyone in our sector working to build peace around the world. According to the report the world became less peaceful and more unequal in 2015, with the world’s least peaceful countries seeing further conflict and violence.

A vision of a just world

Peace Direct’s CEO, Dylan Mathews, looks back at 2015 and shares Peace Direct’s plans for the next 12 months.

Peace for Paris – and beyond

In Paris this week, people returning to work will be trying to make sense of the terrible events that took place in their city last weekend. Lives were cut short or have been changed irrevocably. In an interconnected world, we too heard the screams and saw the blood and panic, the lifeless bodies – and … Continued