Category: Young people and peace

2019: A year in peacebuilding

Looking back at 2019, I am continually impressed by the courage, commitment, and resilience of our partners and thousands of local peacebuilders around the world. As war and violence raged in many places, local people on the frontlines of conflict have saved lives, interrupted cycles of violence, and strengthened the foundations for lasting peace in their societies.

Overall in 2019, Peace Direct supported local peacebuilders in 12 countries to stop violent conflict. Our partners set up local Peace Courts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, helped children traumatized by Syria’s war and trained Filipino women in conflict resolution, among many other projects.

As the end of the year approaches, we take a moment to look back at some of the key moments in our work and the lives of our partners.

Pathways to Peace in Yemen

Peace Direct, Search for Common Ground and Mercy Corps present “Pathways to Peace”, an art exhibit showing the face of conflict and hope in Yemen. Now with an updated location!

The Challenges of War: A Peace Direct comic book

This comic tells the stories of Ayaan and Abdi, ordinary Somalis whose lives have been affected by the war. They have shown remarkable resilience, bravery and determination in their efforts to build a safe and secure life for themselves and their families. Ayaan was just six years old when the Somali Civil War started. With … Continued

2019 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Award winners announced

Now in its seventh year, the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards celebrate some of the world’s most innovative local peacebuilders. This year, the three focus areas for the awards were: women-led peacebuilding, youth-led peacebuilding, and music and the performing arts. A panel of international experts selected the winners from 406 applicants, the highest number we have received to date.

Local Heroes: A Shared Goal

This is the story of Michael, a local hero who runs Peace Initiative Network, a peacebuilding organisation supporting young people in the city of Kano, Northern Nigeria. This video was produced by Zoomin.TV as part of their Local Heroes series.   Fifteen years ago, Michael Femi Sodipo watched from a neighbour’s window as his house and … Continued

“The beginning of all things are small”: My visit to the United Nations

Dishani Senaratne is a peacebuilder from Sri Lanka. After participating in an online consultation on the topic of youth and peacebuilding, she was invited to attend a series of events at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York in July. We spoke to Dishani about her experience, and what she gained from the visit.

Local Action Fund

Through our new fund and grant-making programme, we will be able to support a larger number of locally-led atrocity prevention and response interventions in Myanmar and Nigeria.

Local Heroes: A Community Ring

This is the story of Shehu, a local hero who runs a boxing club for vulnerable young people in the city of Kano, Northern Nigeria. This video was produced by Zoomin.TV as part of their Local Heroes series. Born into poverty in Kano, Shehu was recruited into a gang when he was just seven years old. Later … Continued