Greg Funnell

We operate a global network of people and information from conflict zones. We can provide frontline contacts, human stories and distinctive angles from around the world, direct access to local peacebuilders, local fixers from our in-country Local Peacebuilding Experts and comment on peacebuilding initiatives in the news .

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Forbes: A short profile of the Top Ideas as part of the BridgeBuilder Challenge 2017, of which Peace Direct was one of five winning submissions. (07/17) Read

Guardian: a profile of the work of The Story Kitchen, winner of a 2016 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilder Award. (12/16) Read

Daily Record: An interview with Gulalai Ismail of Aware Girls, on the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy. (09/16) Read

Guardian: profiles of the three winners of the 2015 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards. (12/15) Read

Guardian: a profile of the work of Aware Girls, Peace Direct’s partner in Pakistan. (10/15) Read

Overseas Development Institute: a blog by Craig Walters highlights Peace Direct as a good example of locally-led Theory of Change. (09/15) Read

New York Times: A mention and link to Insight on Conflict in an article about Rohingya migrant crisis. (07/15) Read

Foreign Affairs: Explores Peace Direct’s view that aid must shift towards local voices. (06/15) Read

BBC World News: Gulalai Ismail from our partner in Pakistan talks to BBC World News about her work. (03/15) Watch below.

BBC World Service: Pakistan peacebuilders, Gulalai and Saba Ismail from the project we support in Pakistan, talk to the BBC World Service. (01/15) Listen

BBC World Service: Pakistan peacebuilder, Gulalai Ismail, talks to the BBC World Service. (08/14) Listen below

UNA-UK: Peace Direct Chief Executive, Carolyn Hayman, writes about the role of local peacebuilders in conflict areas. (09/13) Read [pdf]

Alliance Magazine: Peace Direct Chief Executive, Carolyn Hayman, writes on the Local First campaign. (09/13) Read [pdf]

Guardian An interview with Saba Ismail, from Aware Girls, the project Peace Direct funds in Pakistan (05/13) Read

Guardian An opinion piece on the conflict minerals on DR Congo, includes a mention of Peace Direct’s project in DR Congo. (02/13) Read

Guardian A profile of Envision, the peacebuilding organisation Peace Direct supports in Zimbabwe (12/12) Read

Guardian Coverage of protests in Sudan, quotes our weekly Sudan Briefing email. (07/12) Read

CS Monitor Coverage of Truce 20/20’s work during the London 2012 olympics. Truce 20/20 is Peace Direct’s UK-based project. (07/12) Read

Guardian A letter from Peace Direct CEO, Carolyn Hayman, on the Kony 2012 campaign (03/12). Read

Guardian Villagers and aid workers in DR Congo discuss living amidst conflict. The article includes a photo of the “Wall of Hope”, part of a Peace Direct funded project in East DR Congo. (03/12). Read

International Human Rights Funders Group: Peace Direct Chief Executive, Carolyn Hayman, writes on the importance of locals in defending human rights. Read (pdf)

BBC In February 2012 BBC Radio 4’s appeal for Peace Direct which was presented by bestselling novelist John le Carré.Listen here

Guardian Madeline Bunting interviews Henri, Director of the Centre Resolution Conflits in DR Congo (10/11). Watch the video below, and read the full article here. CEO Carolyn Hayman speaks to social enterprise website on how local peacebuilding could help alleviate troubles in Somalia. Read

Trans World Radio Peace Direct CEO Carolyn Hayman gives Trevor Newman of the TWR Today programme an insight into the increased pre-partition violence taking place in Sudan and the realities of the situation on the ground. Listen below.

Financial Times Award winning actor Mark Rylance is interviewed by the FT for their How To Give It column. He talks about his performance in New York for Peace Direct and his practical tips for peace (05/11). Read. Peace Direct’s approach of ‘local first’ is lauded on the social solutions website Read

Telegraph Roland Hancock speaks with local peacebuilder Gulalai Ismail about her experiences in northern Pakistan and its similarities to East London (05/11). Watch

Guardian Madeline Bunting writes in depth about Gulalai’s work, how she came do it, what challenges she faces and what her hopes are for the future are (05/11). Read

BBC Radio 4 Zubeida Malik talks about Gululai’s work and speaks with participants of the Truce 20/20 project in East London (05/11). Listen (Gulalai begins around 43mins)

Channel 4 Unreported World documentary following Henri Ladyi in DR Congo as he rescues child soldiers from the bush (04/11). Watch below.

BBC World Service series on Tolerance: interview with Zimbabwean peacebuilder Chiyedza Nyahuye (12/10). Listen below.

BBC World Service series on Tolerance: interview with Sudanese peacebuilder George Ngoha (12/10). Listen below.

BBC website report on Burundian peacebuilder Landry Ninteretse’s visit to London youth project Truce 20/20 (12/10). Read.

BBC World Service programme on East London youth project Truce 20/20 (12/10). Listen below.

Independent newspaper feature on rescuing Zimbabwean youth from political violence (12/09). Read.

BBC Radio 4 PM programme: interview with peacebuilders Gulalai Ismail from Pakistan and Mirwais Wardak from Afghanistan (10/10). Listen below.

Independent newspaper feature on Mozambican peacebuilder Albino Forquilha’s visit to London youth project Truce 20/20 (01/10). Read.

Independent newspaper feature on Sri Lankan peacebuilders bridging the divide between religious groups (12/09). Read.

Independent newspaper feature on Kashmiri women’s groups involved in the peace process (12/09). Read.

Independent newspaper feature on Sudanese peacebuilders preventing oil-related conflicts (12/09). Read.

Independent newspaper feature on Afghanistan’s Farzah Peace Council (12/09). Read.

Independent newspaper feature on Congolese child soldiers rescued by local peacebuilders (12/09). Read.


Insight on Conflict

We publish the information website Insight on Conflict which lists over 1300 grassroots organisations worldwide that are actively peacebuilding in conflict zones. It’s a leading resource for contacts, updates and stories from countries in the news. Read more »

A portrait of war: returning home to Yemen

Peace Direct’s Local Peacebuilding Expert for Yemen recently returned home after 12 months abroad. In this harrowing dispatch, he describes the trail of devastation he followed, all the way to his family village. Read more »

The complex history of violence in South Sudan

In response to a recent article on justice in South Sudan, Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen argues that to truly understand the conflict we need to look at its long history. Read more »