Category: Preventing conflict

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.

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

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

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.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards 2018: meet the winners

Over the last few months, the Peace Direct team has reviewed over 300 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders applications from local organisations around the world; the highest turnout to date. Hosted at #PeaceCon2018 in Washington DC, we announced the three winning organisations, and celebrated the nine finalists who all demonstrate the most exciting and innovative peacebuilding activites.

Rasha’s story

Violence across Sudan has spanned more than two decades. Rasha works for local organisation, Collaborative for Peace Sudan (CfPS) based in the turbulent region of South and West Kordofan. We support CfPS to respond to outbreaks of violence and mediate conflict peacefully, through locally-led Peace Committees.

International Day of the Girl: Change starts now 

International Day of the Girl is an opportunity for us to celebrate, empower and support women and girls. It reminds us of their resilience and ability to overcome challenges at times when conflict has greatly impacted their lives and those of their communities. 

On International Day of Non-Violence, we shine a light on local peacebuilding efforts

As global violence surges in the form of humanitarian crises, racial injustices and political oppression, it is important to highlight the work being done in local communities around the world to transform lives and communities through non-violent means. From Sudan to Zimbabwe, we share inspiring examples of non-violent solutions created by grassroots actors, and working towards peace.

International Day of Peace 2018: What does peace mean to you?

From Somalia to Sri Lanka, our work in war zones around the world shows us that peace means different things to different people. For International Day of Peace 2018 we are running a campaign asking people what peace means to them. For some of us, peace is simply the absence of war. To others, it can mean something altogether more complex. Here are some of the inspiring messages you have already shared with us when we asked ‘What does peace mean to you?’