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Mining for Peace in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo has seen decades of violent conflict. Gold reserves have often been considered a driver of these conflicts, particularly in the Ituri province of eastern DRC. With over 160 armed groups active in eastern DRC, this is a widespread threat to peace in the region. The majority of mines in Ituri … Continued

Bridging Syria’s Education Gap

War often prevents children from receiving education. During conflict, school acts as a place of safety for children. In Syria, many children have been forced out of school as a result of the war, denying them their right to education. This year marks over 11 years of conflict in Syria. During this period, over 2.4 … Continued

Séraphin’s story: an ex-combatant

The region of South Kivu in DRC has been the scene of clashes for many years. Instability has led to economic chaos, and many young people have become unemployed, and some have even joined armed groups. Last year, local organisation Cadre de Concertation Intercommunautaire (CCI) was selected as one of the grantees in our Youth … Continued

Opening doors for transgender communities in Pakistan

“We transgender people are always discriminated against and face a lot of harassment in all spheres of life… But when we joined TRP, we came to know that we have all the rights as the citizens of Pakistan”.  Transgender Rights Consultants Pakistan (TRCP), is working towards creating equal opportunities, and an environment free from discrimination … Continued

Supporting local leaders in Zimbabwe

The aims of this training were to create sustainable local security structures allowing traditional leaders to solve community conflicts; and to equip leaders with skills to manage and resolve conflict. In Zimbabwe, traditional leaders have been involved in solving conflicts for many decades. Their skills are generally passed from generation to generation, instead of through … Continued

We must end mass murder in the United States

Following the alarming increases in violence and murder in the United States, our US Executive Director, Elana Aquino reflects on the grief Americans are feeling as well as offer hope in recognizing and addressing the challenges as the nation moves forward.

Peace of Mind

This week, we are reflecting on the importance of mental health in peacebuilding. 

Celebrating Eid al-Fitr

We spoke to Khet Khet, our local partner in Myanmar. She told us about the power of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr in helping to bring communities together to heal after conflict. “Ramadan is an important time for building a virtuous society. In these days of austerity, we also need to be giving. It is a … Continued

Earth Day 2022: invest in peace and planet

Climate change and conflict are two of the biggest challenges faced by our world. Yet, environmental work and peacebuilding efforts are rarely coordinated. By supporting local peacebuilders to reduce violence while caring for the environment, we’re determined to change this.