Category: Peace

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.

One piece of the puzzle: Negotiating for justice

This story is part of our ‘piece of the puzzle’ mini-series that shares the important work that our partners the Beni Peace Forum are doing on the ground in Eastern DR Congo: Negotiating the Release of Hostages “Beni Territory, like many other parts of Eastern Congo, is plagued by local and foreign militia groups. Sometimes, local … Continued

One piece of the puzzle, a mini-series

The Beni Peace Forum (BPF) have set up Local Protection Committees (LPCs), in key communities throughout Beni, made up of trusted members of their communities. They form a vital network across the territory to collect reliable information about identity-based violence in real time. Here is the first story from our ‘piece of the puzzle’ mini-series … Continued

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

Xavier’s story

Climate change and conflict are two of the biggest challenges faced by our world. Yet, environmental work and peacebuilding efforts are rarely coordinated. By supporting local peacebuilders to reduce violence while caring for the environment, we’re determined to change this. This Earth Day, we share how you can help.

The good work you support must continue… 

At this time of world crisis, Peace Direct is working hard to make sure years of grassroots efforts to build peace doesn’t stop.  We’re so grateful for your support of this work, which touches thousands of lives like those of Mai Mumiro and her daughter.  
And now we need you more than ever.  

Support women building peace today!

On our screens and in our papers, we hear stories about brutal conflicts tearing lives apart. The stories that don’t make the headlines, however, are those of the courageous people building safer futures for those around them. People like Gulalai.