Category: Blog

International Day of Peace 2018: What does peace mean to you?

From Somalia to Sri Lanka, our work in war zones around the world shows us that peace means different things to different people. For International Day of Peace 2018 we are running a campaign asking people what peace means to them. For some of us, peace is simply the absence of war. To others, it can mean something altogether more complex. Here are some of the inspiring messages you have already shared with us when we asked ‘What does peace mean to you?’

Top takeaways from our Peace Exchange

This summer Peace Direct held a Peace Exchange in Beirut, Lebanon – a gathering of peacebuilders from around the world working to resolve conflict in their communities and build sustainable peace. The Exchange brought together 23 individuals from ten countries, representing 14 different grassroots organisations.

Let’s get peacebuilding in the dictionary

Warmonger, despot, brutality, warfare – all of these words are in the dictionary, and for good reason. It’s important to have the words to express the world around us, particularly those related to violent conflict, which is on the rise around the world and one of the leading causes of human suffering. But it’s also important to be able to talk about how we can build peace.

Kofi Annan: a legacy of peace

Tributes continue for Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who sadly died on 18th September 2018. At Peace Direct we are grateful for his lifelong dedication to making the world a more peaceful place.

We gave birth to peace: Khadija’s Story

Khadija was born in Kismayo, Somalia. Her experience of the Somali civil war helps us to understand the instrumental role played by women in constructing, sustaining, and most importantly resolving conflict. She shares how she has swapped her spot on the battlefield for one at the table of peace.

Top 5 tips for peacebuilding organisations to build financial resilience

Achieving financially sustainability can be a significant challenge for peacebuilding organisations. Understanding and improving the factors that affect the finances and funds of these organisations is critical, as is understanding the alternative resources available to them, which can be just as important as financing. Here are 5 practical tips for how peacebuilding organisations can enhance their financial resilience.

Perspectives on Aid from the Philippines

At the heart of all of Peace Direct’s work lies the belief that local people should play a leading role in development and peacebuilding programmes. Peace Direct is currently leading on the Stopping As Success collaborative learning project which is looking at aid exits and transitions in support of locally-led development. Farzana Ahmed, Peace Direct’s Senior Researcher who is managing the project, reports on conversations she had with aid actors in the Philippines last month.

War Stories Peace Stories: reflections on the media, conflict and peace reporting

A joint blog by Lena Elhibir and Sarah Phillips

For those of us who don’t live in areas of violent conflict, we experience war via the media. On April 11th, 2018, Peace Direct was delighted to partner with Spectrum Media and the War Stories Peace Stories team for the War Stories Peace Stories Symposium in New York: a day of inspiring discussion on the role of the media in covering conflict and peace.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders 2018: our annual awards are now open

Now in its sixth 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.