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A vision of a just world

Peace Direct’s CEO, Dylan Mathews, looks back at 2015 and shares Peace Direct’s plans for the next 12 months.

Jerusalem on a knife edge

As street violence increases in Israel-Palestine, Shoshana Gottesman looks at the vital work of Heartbeat

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders photography prize

Peace Direct’s Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders photography prize looked for photos that best illustrated the theme of ‘local peacebuilding’. Images which capture the essence of local people actively building peace in their communities or localities -preventing conflict, resolving conflict as it happens, or healing the effects of conflict. $1,000 worth of camera gear was available in prizes.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders – 2015 winners

Last night the winners of the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders awards were announced at London’s Frontline Club, the home of international news journalism. Each will receive $10,000 in prize money to progress their life-saving peace work with local communities.

Conflict prevention at centre of new UK aid policy

Peace Direct are delighted to see the British government this week refocusing its overseas aid towards stopping conflicts around the world. Launching its new aid policy, the government committed 50% of its international development budget to ‘fragile countries and regions’ – many of which are conflict-affected – and recognised ‘the crucial role peace and security play in development’.

Eliminating violence against women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is observed on the 25th of November each year and aims to raise awareness of some of the gravest concerns facing women today – including systematic rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. The day was created by the United Nations to highlight … Continued

A beacon for peace

This week local peacebuilders from around the world are together in Rwanda as part of Peace Direct’s annual Peace Exchange. Today they visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Jonathan Lorie reflects on the experience.

Peacebuilders past and present

This International Day of Non-Violence on Friday, commemorates 146 years since the birth of India’s pre-eminent peacemaker, Mahatma Gandhi, who led his country to independence and pioneered the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. It is crucial that as we look to success stories like Gandhi, we acknowledge the obstacles peacebuilders of today regularly face in their work.