Category: Comment

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.

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 Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office 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