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Category: COVID-19

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

Dreams of peace: Group in Sri Lanka wins 2020 Peace Direct Award

The eighth annual Peace Direct Awards (formerly known as the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards) celebrate the work of some of the world’s most creative and inspiring local peacebuilders. This year, we focused on technology in peacebuilding. A panel of international experts selected the winner from an accomplished pool of applicants, each of them using technology to address problems faced by their communities.

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

Training – Refreshing Skills and Strategies

Peace Direct and the Coalition for Peace in Africa are running a five-day online course guided by conflict transformation specialists, for practitioners working in conflict to refresh their skills and develop new strategies.

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.

Six ways technology can harness the power of peace

COVID-19 has compelled millions of us to take our everyday activities online – hosting meetings virtually and using tech to catch up with family and friends. Technology for peace, known as ‘peacetech’, has also increased, with local peacebuilders using social media, data and a host of other tech advancement to drive for peace and tackle insecurity.

No peace without justice

Peace Direct stands in solidarity and mourning with the thousands of peaceful protesters who have taken to the streets across the United States and in cities around the globe to denounce the horrific police killing of George Floyd. We join their call for urgent and transformative action to address the legacies of racism, white supremacy, and militarized violence that pervade U.S. society and much of our world. We express our grief and deep condolences to the family and loved ones of George Floyd, and to all those who have lost loved ones at the hands of racialized violence.

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.

Shift Power for Peace launches digital inclusion initiative for local peacebuilders

Are you working to build peace in your community, in a fragile or conflict-affected country?   Has your work been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?    Would access to digital tools, online courses for digital peacebuilding, or a network of local peacebuilders help you continue, adapt or develop your working during this time of global restrictions and … Continued