Marking World Humanitarian Day in five astonishing photos

Humanitarian workers are risking their lives to stop this suffering. And it is those on the frontline, the local people making a real difference in their communities, the invisible heroes, who are increasingly being targeted. To mark World Humanitarian Day and World Photo Day, we are showcasing some of the most powerful photos of people building peace in war zones.

International Youth Day: celebrating young people building peace

Children and young people often go unheard in war zones. The challenges they face are unique and urgent. But this is not the only story. To celebrate International Youth Day, we share stories from three young people who are using their passion and power to build a better future – so that the next generation does

Peace Direct x Away: launching our new partnership

To mark the launch of our partnership with Away, take a look at our work around the world in a way you have not seen before. Visit the world of local people stopping violence through an interactive website, featuring powerful stories and compelling footage from projects in DR Congo and Nigeria.

BridgeBuilder Challenge winner: gold production as a pathway to peace in DR Congo

Peace Direct is delighted to be one of the five winning submissions in the BridgeBuilder Challenge 2017, a global competition that recognises innovative and impactful initiatives tackling some of the world’s most urgent problems. Our project is supporting ex-combatants affected by war in DR Congo to produce ethical and environmentally friendly gold through local cooperatives.

The Burundi Robotics Team: the real reason they went missing

The recent disappearance of six Burundian teenagers at a robotic challenge in the US opens up questions as to how effective US leadership and engagement could support Burundi (and neighbouring DR Congo) at a time when the situation demands active international diplomacy.

The woman battling violent extremism: Gulalai’s TEDx Exeter talk

In this TEDx Exeter talk, Gulalai reveals how she is building an equal and peaceful world, starting from her local community. From witnessing inequality as a young girl in Pakistan, to defying the Taliban and founding a peacebuilding organisation, this is a story of a courageous and inspiring woman.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders 2017: our annual awards open

Now in its fifth year, our Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders awards offer global recognition for grassroots peace activists in war zones around the world. These are the only global awards for local peacebuilders – inspiring individuals who are building a better tomorrow in the world’s most fragile places.

What role should local civil society play in Atrocity Prevention?

The newly introduced Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 gives important recognition to the role of local civil society in preventing genocide and atrocities. How can this be done on the ground? We look to our local partner for some answers.

Outbreak of violence in the Philippines: view from the ground

Last week deadly violence broke out on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines. We are in regular touch with our local partner, Kapamagogopa Incorporated (KI), that works in the area. Here is an update from the ground about the situation, and what KI is doing in response.