Category: Advocacy

New US Policy Initiatives Recognize the Importance of Local Peacebuilding

The inclusion of local civil society in peacebuilding initiatives is vital to building sustainable peace. Two new policy initiatives introduced in Washington this month demonstrate significant progress towards international recognition of the critical role played by local people. The initiatives bring the United States closer to a more focused, high-level policy response to address violence and instability in the world’s toughest places; one that places locally-led peacebuilding at the forefront.

Peace Dispatch

Imagine if there was a map that could provide information from the heart of conflict zones before violence breaks out? Essential updates not found anywhere else. Updates that could help save lives.

Gene Sharp, icon of non-violent resistance, dies at 90

Gene Sharp, an icon of non-violent resistance brought back hope that peace is achievable by using exclusively non-violent means. To celebrate his life, we look at the practical and theoretical contributions he made to the peacebuilding field.

Join us in mapping U.S. peacebuilding

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., Peace Direct and the Alliance for Peacebuilding are launching a new effort to lift up and support local peacebuilding in the United States. Our new U.S. section of Peace Direct’s global online website, Peace Insight, is an interactive map that includes information about groups working for peace across the U.S.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards 2017: meet the winners

On Human Rights Day, a day commemorating the brave and inspiring activists that stand for a better world, we are announcing the winners of our 2017 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards. Over the last few months, the Peace Direct team has reviewed 268 applications from 57 countries and elected three of the most exciting and innovative peacebuilding organisations as winners.

Yemen: an update from Sana’a

The war in Yemen has left thousands dead and caused the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, according to the UN. Conflict has been going on for years but became especially violent in March 2017. Now, Over 7 million people face starvation and an outbreak of cholera is claiming more lives.

Two fearless women win prestigious award for human rights activism in conflict zones

Two fearless female activists, Gulalai Ismail from Pakistan and Gauri Lankesh from India, have won the prestigious RAW in WAR 2017 Anna Politkovskaya Award for their courage speaking out against extremism against a backdrop of armed conflict. This award is testament to the power local people have to make a difference to thousands of lives.

A powerful story of change to celebrate Non-Violence Day

As global violence surges in the form of humanitarian crises, racial injustices and political oppression, it is important to show just how non-violent resistance can transform lives and communities. We share an inspiring story of nonviolent change from Pakistan, where recruitment by militant organisations threatens young lives and longer term peace.

9/11, 16 years later: what should we learn about peace not war?

16 years on the legacy of 9/11 continues to affect the world. As the US announces further troop deployments to Afghanistan, what can we learn from the local people building peace on the ground about avoiding terrorism and violent conflict?