Category: Comment

Essential work in Burundi and DR Congo supported by UK Aid

We are delighted to have been awarded a Jo Cox Memorial Grant, made available by the Department for International Development in memory and respect to Jo Cox, who dedicated her career to standing up for justice. The award will help us to continue supporting our local peacebuilding partners operating in Burundi and in the Beni territory of eastern DR Congo; areas that receive little international attention or support, yet where local peacebuilding work is innovative, courageous and impactful.  

Statement concerning a possible merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The following is a joint statement from Saferworld, Conciliation Resources, International Alert and Peace Direct. Reports have emerged stating that the UK government is considering scrapping the independent Department for International Development (DFID), merging its function with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and abolishing its Secretary of State. This short-sighted move raises grave concerns about … Continued

“The beginning of all things are small”: My visit to the United Nations

Dishani Senaratne is a peacebuilder from Sri Lanka. After participating in an online consultation on the topic of youth and peacebuilding, she was invited to attend a series of events at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York in July. We spoke to Dishani about her experience, and what she gained from the visit.

Supporting Sri Lanka

On Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka was rocked by a series of bombings that killed more than 250 people at churches and hotels, the worst violence the country has seen in a decade. Our CEO Dylan Mathews shares his own reactions to the attacks and what this means for peacebuilders in the country.

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.