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Everyone deserves peace: International Women’s Day 2021

Since the onset of the global pandemic, we have supported local peacebuilding groups to take their work online, awarding over 230 grants as part of a Digital Inclusion Fund. Many of these grants went to women’s groups. This International Women’s Day, we celebrate the female peacebuilders who have kept their work going through challenging times.

Our peacebuilding impact with the People’s Postcode Lottery

Despite the impact COVID-19 poses to civil society and our collective ability to respond to conflict, we are resolute in continuing support for those communities around the world who are most affected. The continued support from People’s Postcode Lottery players gives us the strength and hope to continue our important mission towards peace. With players … Continued

Harriet’s story: “if it weren’t for this fund, we would have shut down”

The Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD) is a women-led organization based in Northern Uganda. They work to prevent violence against women and children, improve community life, and promote greater respect for human rights. FIRD were one of 233 organisations who received a grant from our Digital Inclusion Fund Initiative in 2020.   Harriet Adong, peacebuilder and Executive Director of FIRD, shares her experience of receiving the Digital Inclusion funding. Here, she explains … Continued

Dylan Mathews: My hopes for 2021

The opening line from Amanda Gorman’s transcendent poem, is no doubt how many of us felt at the start of the year. But like so much of her poem, I find many reasons to be hopeful as we look at the year ahead.   Here are my top three hopes for 2021: My first hope is that despite the devastation caused by COVID–19, we don’t forget that local … Continued

Toward a Healed America

Peace Direct welcomes the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and urges all Americans to join together in the work of healing our broken nation.

12 days of peace

We won’t forget 2020 in a hurry. The pandemic put an end to many things – but not the lifesaving work of peacebuilders, and all those working to make the world safer. Staying home and social distancing have strained family and community ties. Yet, we’ve remembered the importance of solidarity and kindness – and we’ve … Continued

Dreams of peace: Group in Sri Lanka wins 2020 Peace Direct Award

The eighth annual Peace Direct Awards (formerly known as the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards) celebrate the work of some of the world’s most creative and inspiring local peacebuilders. This year, we focused on technology in peacebuilding. A panel of international experts selected the winner from an accomplished pool of applicants, each of them using technology to address problems faced by their communities.