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2020 was a year of unprecedented challenge and change. For Peace Direct and our partners, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to quickly adapt and respond to the changing environment. Like many organisations around the world, we have continued to deliver our work in new and innovative ways. As we move forwards in 2021 and beyond, we’ve been reflecting on our successes last year. Here, we are pleased to share some of our highlights:
We continued to develop flexible approaches to fund local peacebuilders this year. We delivered three grants programmes – the Digital Inclusion Fund, the Local Action Fund, and the Youth Action for Peace project. This work enables us to support collective action whilst demonstrating local impact for peace across different countries. This year we supported over 330 organisations through these programmes.
We supported partners in Eastern Congo to strengthen the role of civil society in preventing atrocities. These partners launched an early warning, early response (EWER) network in the African Great Lakes region. Partners also expanded existing work in Beni, Eastern DRC. The network in DRC now has 121 citizen reporters. They report on incidents of violence, working in 23 local protection committees.
In DRC, close to 500 people received training on human rights, advocacy and early warning systems in 2020. Whilst violence in Beni has increased, so too has our partner’s capacity to respond. The expansion of early warning networks resulted in over 2,100 verified alerts of violence last year.
We made important progress in our influencing, advocacy and policy communications work this year. We kept up high levels of dialogue with key policy makers and we published research on the main priorities for local peacebuilding.
These achievements would have been possible without all those who supported and funded our work. We are grateful first and foremost to our partners, who are working on the frontlines of conflict, at great personal risk, to stop violence and build peace. We also want to thank the hundreds of people who continue to support Peace Direct with gifts of all sizes. From our institutional donors, to committed individuals, the generosity of all our supporters is so important. It helps us to respond quickly and flexibly to the needs of local peacebuilders, and keep our work going.
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