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Meet our student ambassadors (Part II)

. Meet Aaron, Alexandra and Viviana, three more of our new ambassadors. They share what peace means for them, and why they’re supporting Peace Direct.  .. “Peace means mutual trust” Aaron Befekadu – the London School of Economics   During one of many forgettable Monday evening lectures (in what turned out to be a surprisingly … Continued

It’s Time to Decolonise Aid

We are calling on international aid organisations to decolonise aid and tackle structural racism head-on, in our new report, ‘Time to Decolonise Aid‘. The report is a study into the colonial legacy of the aid system. It outlines the steps needed to transform power relations towards greater equity. As part of the research, we hosted a … Continued

If we choose to build peace, we must engage

Our Development and Administrative Associate Christine Trillana, an Asian American woman, expresses her fears over the rise in hate crimes against her community. She calls for us all to engage bravely with efforts to end violence, and shares resources to stop Asian hate.

Global Advisory Council launched

Peace Direct is excited to announce the formation of a new Global Advisory Council. The group is made up of activists, researchers, human rights defenders and community leaders who are committed to helping us achieve our mission of stopping war.

Meet our student ambassadors

. Meet Amber, Charlie and Nick, three of our new ambassadors. They share what peace means for them, and why they’re supporting Peace Direct.  .. “Peacebuilding is a movement” Charlie Sweetman – the University of East Anglia   To me, peacebuilding means working with local leaders in conflict zones around the world to bring peace … Continued

“More support for youth” open letter from peacebuilding organizations

In an open letter, we call on US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to announce both short and long-term measures to support the fundamental human rights of young people. We ask that the importance of young people’s contributions to peace and security be recognized and supported through meaningful policy change.  It is estimated that 408 million young people live in areas affected by armed conflict or organized violence – that is roughly one in four. Many young people take on important roles such as community mobilizers, … Continued

Everyone deserves peace: International Women’s Day 2021

Since the onset of the global pandemic, we have supported local peacebuilding groups to take their work online, awarding over 230 grants as part of a Digital Inclusion Fund. Many of these grants went to women’s groups. This International Women’s Day, we celebrate the female peacebuilders who have kept their work going through challenging times.

Harriet’s story: “if it weren’t for this fund, we would have shut down”

The Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD) is a women-led organization based in Northern Uganda. They work to prevent violence against women and children, improve community life, and promote greater respect for human rights. FIRD were one of 233 organisations who received a grant from our Digital Inclusion Fund Initiative in 2020.   Harriet Adong, peacebuilder and Executive Director of FIRD, shares her experience of receiving the Digital Inclusion funding. Here, she explains … Continued

Dylan Mathews: My hopes for 2021

The opening line from Amanda Gorman’s transcendent poem, is no doubt how many of us felt at the start of the year. But like so much of her poem, I find many reasons to be hopeful as we look at the year ahead.   Here are my top three hopes for 2021: My first hope is that despite the devastation caused by COVID–19, we don’t forget that local … Continued