Category: Peace

New US Policy Initiatives Recognize the Importance of Local Peacebuilding

The inclusion of local civil society in peacebuilding initiatives is vital to building sustainable peace. Two new policy initiatives introduced in Washington this month demonstrate significant progress towards international recognition of the critical role played by local people. The initiatives bring the United States closer to a more focused, high-level policy response to address violence and instability in the world’s toughest places; one that places locally-led peacebuilding at the forefront.

Nigeria Elections: “The best hope for sustainable peace in Nigeria lies in our young people, not in our parliament”

The 2019 general elections in Nigeria are set to take place on Saturday 23rd February, after being postponed from the 16th. In the run up to the event, we urge against pessimism and look to signs of hope for the country’s future. Our local peacebuilding partner, Michael Sodipo, was recently interviewed by All Africa magazine, and we echo his thoughts on how young people are our best hope for a peaceful future in Nigeria.

Call for evaluations and other evidence of the impact of local peacebuilding

Peace Direct and the Alliance for Peacebuilding are compiling a report to highlight the impact of local peacebuilding efforts around the world. This is to support our advocacy with policymakers, in line with the policy consensus that locally-owned and -led peacebuilding is essential for violence reduction and long-term stability. We are keen to review evaluation … Continued

Civil Society and Inclusive Peace

Inclusive peace, or the idea that all stakeholders in a society should have a role in defining and shaping peace, is receiving widespread global recognition. Still, despite the progress made through the increased recognition of inclusive peace at the theoretical and policy level, it has proven difficult to achieve in reality. We teamed up with the Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict to explore the dynamics of inclusivity and peacebuilding in further detail in our latest report.

Learning from local peacebuilders on International Day of Education

Today marks the first ever UN International Day of Education. The day celebrates the role of education in development and is intended to be a demonstration of the world’s commitment to providing quality education for all. Education is a basic human right. But for young people living in countries affected by conflict, attending school is … Continued

Asmin’s Story

Asmin works for Kapamagogopa Incorporated (KI), a local peacebuilding organization based on the Philippine island of Mindanao. We spoke to Asmin to hear about her work, how violence affected her family, and her hopes for a peaceful future.

Seven things we’re thankful for in 2018

2018 has been a year of growth, successes, challenges and learning for Peace Direct. We’re proud to have continued supporting local people to build peace in 12 countries around the world, and to shine a light on the efforts and resilience of grassroots action in many more.

#GivingTuesday: the gift of peace

Happy Giving Tuesday!   It’s #GivingTuesday – a chance for you, your friends and your family to celebrate and give back to the people and causes close to your heart!  This holiday season, we’re celebrating the tireless work of our local partners stopping wars and building peace – one person at a time. We’d love nothing more than for you to support their vital work around the … Continued

Calling all storytellers

The art of weaving words and imagination together to make a story is a tradition as ancient as humanity itself. We are co-writing a book aimed at providing practical guidelines and tools for peacebuilders, and are collecting peacebuilding stories to be included. We want to hear how people are responding to conflict and building safer communities, in their own words.