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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

12 days of peace

We won’t forget 2020 in a hurry. The pandemic put an end to many things – but not the lifesaving work of peacebuilders, and all those working to make the world safer. Staying home and social distancing have strained family and community ties. Yet, we’ve remembered the importance of solidarity and kindness – and we’ve … Continued

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