Local Heroes: A Shared Goal

This is the story of Michael, a local hero who runs Peace Initiative Network, a peacebuilding organisation supporting young people in the city of Kano, Northern Nigeria. This video was produced by Zoomin.TV as part of their Local Heroes series.   Fifteen years ago, Michael Femi Sodipo watched from a neighbour’s window as his house and … Continued

“The beginning of all things are small”: My visit to the United Nations

Dishani Senaratne is a peacebuilder from Sri Lanka. After participating in an online consultation on the topic of youth and peacebuilding, she was invited to attend a series of events at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York in July. We spoke to Dishani about her experience, and what she gained from the visit.

Remembering Isse

“Calming”, “hopeful”, and “at peace with himself”. These are just some of the messages we have received in tribute to our partner and friend, Abdullahi Isse, who tragically lost his life on Friday 12th July when a hotel in Kismayo, Somalia, was attacked by Al Shabaab. Our thoughts have remained with Isse, and all those … Continued

Peace Direct launches Local Action Fund

Today, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Local Action Fund – our grant-making programme that will allow us to support a larger number of locally-led atrocity prevention and response interventions in Myanmar and Nigeria.

Local Heroes: A Community Ring

This is the story of Shehu, a local hero who runs a boxing club for vulnerable young people in the city of Kano, Northern Nigeria. This video was produced by Zoomin.TV as part of their Local Heroes series. Born into poverty in Kano, Shehu was recruited into a gang when he was just seven years old. Later … Continued

Courageous peacebuilder Abdullahi Isse will be greatly missed

On Friday 12th July, Al-Shabaab attacked a hotel in Kismayo, Somalia where a meeting was taking place between local government officials and civil society leaders to discuss the upcoming elections. 26 people were killed in the attack and tragically one of those killed was Abdullahi Isse (known to us as Isse). Isse was the Executive Director of SADO, local partner of … Continued

Calling all local peacebuilders!

Are you a local peacebuilder? We are pleased to be supporting the German non-profit organisation For Peace / Love for Life, who are building an initiative called For Peace to promote the establishment of a Federal Ministry for Peace in Germany (similar to a cabinet level Department of Peacebuilding) and a UN Resolution calling for the … Continued

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.