International Day of Peace 2018: What does peace mean to you?

From Somalia to Sri Lanka, our work in war zones around the world shows us that peace means different things to different people. For International Day of Peace 2018 we are running a campaign asking people what peace means to them. For some of us, peace is simply the absence of war. To others, it can mean something altogether more complex. Here are some of the inspiring messages you have already shared with us when we asked ‘What does peace mean to you?’

Kakule’s Story

This is Kakule Wassi’s story. Kakule had the choice to join a local militia group, before being given the opportunity to get involved in vocational training run by our local partner Centre Résolution Conflits. Now, he feels well accepted and valued in the community.

Top takeaways from our Peace Exchange

This summer Peace Direct held a Peace Exchange in Beirut, Lebanon – a gathering of peacebuilders from around the world working to resolve conflict in their communities and build sustainable peace. The Exchange brought together 23 individuals from ten countries, representing 14 different grassroots organisations.

Let’s get peacebuilding in the dictionary

Warmonger, despot, brutality, warfare – all of these words are in the dictionary, and for good reason. It’s important to have the words to express the world around us, particularly those related to violent conflict, which is on the rise around the world and one of the leading causes of human suffering. But it’s also important to be able to talk about how we can build peace.

Shortlist announced for Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards 2018

The shortlist for Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders, our annual awards that celebrate the world’s most innovative locally-led peacebuilders, has been finalised. We received over 300 entries from peacebuilding organisations from around the world, and nine entries have been selected to go on to the next stage.

Kofi Annan: a legacy of peace

Tributes continue for Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who sadly died on 18th September 2018. At Peace Direct we are grateful for his lifelong dedication to making the world a more peaceful place.

A response to election results in Mali

We are pleased that the Malian election results have been announced without significant unrest or violence. However, with deadly attacks in the run-up to polling day, low turn out being blamed on security concerns, and accusations of electoral fraud, peace and good governance must be a central priority for Keita’s government in its second term. … Continued

Rebuilding a life: Fatima’s story

After violence in her hometown of Marawi, Fatima was forced to flee her home, was separated from her children, and faced an uncertain future. We work with local organisation in the Philippines, Kapamagogopa Incorporated (KI), who set up a camp for those, like Fatima, displaced from Marawi. Away from the fear of violence, she works in the camp garden, and hopes to send her children back to school.

We gave birth to peace: Khadija’s Story

Khadija was born in Kismayo, Somalia. Her experience of the Somali civil war helps us to understand the instrumental role played by women in constructing, sustaining, and most importantly resolving conflict. She shares how she has swapped her spot on the battlefield for one at the table of peace.

Top 5 tips for peacebuilding organisations to build financial resilience

Achieving financially sustainability can be a significant challenge for peacebuilding organisations. Understanding and improving the factors that affect the finances and funds of these organisations is critical, as is understanding the alternative resources available to them, which can be just as important as financing. Here are 5 practical tips for how peacebuilding organisations can enhance their financial resilience.