Our local partners respond to violence in Béni

We are increasingly concerned with the surge in violence in Béni, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in recent days. We have been in touch with our local partners in Béni, who have shared their response to the violence. They underlined how the state must understand how the local population has … Continued

#GivingTuesday Challenge

This season of giving, make a lasting difference to someone like Lembaka.   When Lembaka was just 10 years old, his father was shot and killed by an armed group. Hungry for revenge and fueled by anger, he joined a rival group – leaving his family behind. Lembaka (name changed for privacy) spent eight years … Continued

The Challenges of War: A Peace Direct comic book

This comic tells the stories of Ayaan and Abdi, ordinary Somalis whose lives have been affected by the war. They have shown remarkable resilience, bravery and determination in their efforts to build a safe and secure life for themselves and their families. Ayaan was just six years old when the Somali Civil War started. With … Continued

2019 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Award winners announced

Now in its seventh year, the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards celebrate some of the world’s most innovative local peacebuilders. This year, the three focus areas for the awards were: women-led peacebuilding, youth-led peacebuilding, and music and the performing arts. A panel of international experts selected the winners from 406 applicants, the highest number we have received to date.

Calling all Students!

Want to support local people building peace around the world? Want to make a real difference in a way that works for you? Want to lead the way in your university or place of study when it comes to peacebuilding? Yes? Then become a Peace Direct Student Ambassador today! In war zones around the world, … Continued

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