Launch of Local First - Peace Direct

Launch of Local First

A new campaign for locally led development, Local First, launches this month at the House of Commons in London, UK. Local First is an approach to international development that prioritises the views and leadership of people and organisations in the countries affected, over those of outsiders from the international community.

The campaign launches on 28 November, with the publication of ‘Local First: Development for the Twenty-First Century’. This is a book of case studies of successful locally led projects in conflict affected countries. There is also a dedicated website,, which aims to develop a community of practice and knowledge around Local First ideas.

For more details, please visit the website, sign up to the newsletter, and join the debate.

Related content

Mining for Peace in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo has seen decades of violent conflict. Gold reserves have often been considered a driver of these conflicts. With over 160 armed groups active in eastern DRC, this is a widespread threat to peace in the region. Read more »

One year on from the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, women and girls must not be forgotten

Twelve months ago, on August 15th, the Taliban declared that it had taken control of Afghanistan, two decades after the US-led invasion. Peace Direct published a statement at the time, in solidarity, and expressing our concern for women and youth peacebuilders at risk of reprisal. Read more »

Bridging Syria's Education Gap

Conflict often results in children missing out on education. 11 years of conflict in Syria has seen over 2.4 million children being forced out of school. Our partner Sawaad’na works to reintegrate children into education in Syria, providing them with the tools they need to achieve their dreams.  Read more »


No comments yet.