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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.

First grants reach local organisations through our Afghan Solidarity Fund

We are proud to share that Afghan civil society organisations are now receiving their first grants through our newly established Afghan Solidarity Fund. The Fund supports locally-led peacebuilding and human rights activities through rapid, flexible sub-grants to local civil society organisations. Since its launch in December 2021, we have mobilised almost $500,000 to support local organisations, in partnership with EQUALITY for Peace and Development (EPD).

Women’s Day 2022: Noella’s story

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we share Noella’s story. She went from living in fear to leading a community bakery and training others. With support from our partners in DR Congo, Noella has turned her life around.

The tragedy of Ukraine and the urgency of peacebuilding

The full-scale invasion of Ukraine is less than a week old and most of us have watched in horror as Russian tanks rolled into a sovereign country only to face the resilience and bravery of the Ukrainian people determined to defy the odds and push back the invading army. Many of us will be feeling a sense of dread that things will get worse before they get better, and that we are witnessing the most dramatic geopolitical tectonic shift in a generation. Almost all of us are feeling completely powerless.