Category: Young people and peace

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

Amadou’s Story

Amadou lives in the town of Mopti in central Mali, and works for a local organisation providing support to young people affected by violence in the country. His story helps us to understand the way young people experience conflict in the region, and the ways to support their successful reintegration into society as active citizens and promoters of peace.

#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

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.

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. 

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?’

Kakule’s Story

This is Kakule Wassi’s story. Kakule had the choice to join a local militia group, before being given the opportunity to get involved in vocational training run by our local partner Centre Résolution Conflits. Now, he feels well accepted and valued in the community.

Shortlist announced for Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards 2018

The shortlist for Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders, our annual awards that celebrate the world’s most innovative locally-led peacebuilders, has been finalised. We received over 300 entries from peacebuilding organisations from around the world, and nine entries have been selected to go on to the next stage.

Somali Peacebuilders Create Connections in the U.S.

In May, as the U.S. Congress debated an expansion of its authority to intervene militarily in Somalia, our Somali partners visited Washington and Minnesota to share their innovative peacebuilding work. Isse Abdullahi directs the Social Life and Agricultural Development Organization (SADO), which provides young people with job training and conflict resolution skills. Halima Farah Godane … Continued

War Stories Peace Stories: reflections on the media, conflict and peace reporting

A joint blog by Lena Elhibir and Sarah Phillips

For those of us who don’t live in areas of violent conflict, we experience war via the media. On April 11th, 2018, Peace Direct was delighted to partner with Spectrum Media and the War Stories Peace Stories team for the War Stories Peace Stories Symposium in New York: a day of inspiring discussion on the role of the media in covering conflict and peace.