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What are you doing to build peace?

This blog was written by Valentina, one of our 2020 Peace Direct Programmes interns. She shares the experiences that led her to peacebuilding, and why she believes that peace can be built when power shifts.

Shifting power for peace in times of COVID-19

A joint blog from Conducive Space for Peace, Humanity United and Peace Direct  At the end of September, Peace Direct, Humanity United and Conducive Space for Peace held a second consultation on COVID-19 and local peacebuilding. Almost 100 peacebuilders from 67 countries joined the consultation over two days, discussing the impact of the pandemic on … Continued

Building peace takes time: 5 steps to build it in the US now

Updated Nov. 9: The results are in. The U.S. elections are over, and a new president and the first ever woman vice president have been elected. If the 2020 elections have shown us anything, though, it is that the U.S. is in dire need of peacebuilding. This is not news to anyone who has been living in politically … Continued

Dialogue “must begin now” in Mali to reconnect the country

Peace Direct calls for open talks between local groups, communities and future leaders. Following the resignation of Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita yesterday, we call on the country to begin to reconnect with its people to avoid escalating tensions, rising conflict and a potential health emergency brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

Peacebuilding: a beat between anger and joy

June 19 was Juneteenth. It commemorates the proclamation of the end of slavery in the U.S. reaching the last Confederate State (Texas – two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation). Previously, Juneteenth was written off as another human interest topic whose relevancy rises and falls in its passing (like why we need Daylight Savings Time). But with the latest wave of … Continued

Statement concerning the 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.   Yesterday the UK announced the merger of the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This move presents real risks but also potential opportunities for the UK’s contribution to reducing conflict and supporting peace overseas.   … Continued

What 500 Sun Salutations taught me

This post was originally shared on Breathe.   The ancient yogic practice of Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation as it’s more commonly known, serves as a great sequence to energise the body of a morning or to warm up the muscles and mind ahead of a yoga session. Slowed down, it can also be used to centre awareness … Continued

Eyes on Burundi: a contested victory

Since the elections in Burundi on 20th May, we have been in touch with our local contacts to hear what they think this important event means for the country. Here, we share reactions to the run up and aftermath of the elections, and recommendations for the new leader.

Peace done differently: a Peace Direct animated film

Far too often, support for communities affected by war and violent conflict stops at emergency aid. Now is the time to think…how can we do things differently? In our new animated film, we celebrate local people at the heart of peacebuilding efforts around the world. We call for direct and sustained support of them, for … Continued

Our #StayHome reading list

What do we all have in common as we adjust to life during the COVID-19 crisis? We have all been urged to do just one thing: stay at home.