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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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, a panel of international experts selected the winners from 406 applicants, the highest number we have received to date.Read more »

Courageous peacebuilder Abdullahi Isse will be greatly missed

On Friday 12th July, Al-Shabaab attacked a hotel in Kismayo, Somalia. 26 people were killed in the attack and tragically one of those killed was Abdullahi Isse, Executive Director of SADO, local partner of Peace Direct.  Read more »

Essential work in Nigeria and DRC boosted by players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Today, Peace Direct is delighted to announce a £250,000 award from the players of People's Postcode Lottery to support our work building peace in war zones.Read more »


Peace Direct in the news

Global Dispatches: Gulalai Ismail, co-founder of our partner organization Aware Girls in Pakistan, describes her work countering violent extremism and the reasons she had to leave Pakistan in this podcast. Listen (10/19)

All Africa: A comment piece from our local partner in Nigeria, Michael Olufemi Sodipo on the crucial role of young people in building a peaceful future for Nigeria. Read (1/19)

Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP): An article announcing the appointment of Madeline Rose as the Director of the Global Peacebuilding Coalition. Read (1/19)

Voice of Islam Radio: An interview with our US Senior Representative and Head of Advocacy, Bridget Moix, on International Day of Neutrality to discuss the importance of inclusive peacebuilding. Listen (12/18) Interview begins 15:30 into podcast.

Cause Artist: An OpEd from our CEO Dylan Mathews on Giving Tuesday to share our work. Read (11/18)

Cause Artist: Q & A with Steph Korey, CEO of our partner Away, on the partnership between Away and Peace Direct, and its mission to make “peacebuilding” a term that people are familiar with and care about. Read (10/18)

Voice of Islam Radio: Our Head of International Programmes, Charlotte Melly, was interviewed for the Drive Time show on our work to support local peacebuilders. Listen (9/18)

Columbus Dispatch: A piece from Bridget Moix, our US Senior Representative and Head of Advocacy, on the need for more financial support to local organisations. Read (9/18)

The Christian Science Monitor: Our report ‘Idlib Lives‘ mentioned in an article on women activists for peace in Syria. Read (8/18)

Peacebuilding Deeply: Our report ‘Mali on the brink‘ mentioned as a recommended read in a review of the latest peace and security issues. Read (7/23)

Peacebuilding Deeply: Gulalai Ismail from our partner in Pakistan, Aware Girls, spoke about local approaches to countering militant recruitment and radicalization. (7/20) Read

Radio France Internationale: An interview with our CEO Dylan Mathews on the current situation in Mali, and on our new report, ‘Mali on the brink.‘ (7/18) Read and Listen

Relief Web: A profile of our report ‘Mali on the Brink‘ shared and profiled as ‘Key Content’ among the Mali country profile of Relief Web. Read 

Guardian: A mention and link to our report together with The Syria Campaign, ‘Idlib Lives – The Untold Story of Heroes’, in an article about resilience and innovation amongst civil society in Idlib, Syria. (5/18) Read 

Inside Philanthropy: A mention and link to our report with the Peace and Security Funders Group on funding local organisations. (5/18) Read (5/18)

Guardian: A profile of the work of Peace Direct partner, Zoom In, and their work running a school in a war zone in Syria. (4/18) Read

Inside Philanthropy: An article from our Senior U.S. Representative and Head of Advocacy, Bridget Moix on the importance of funding locally led peacebuilding efforts. (12/17) Read

The East African: A comment by our local partner in Somalia on the recent bombings in Mogadishu, and what needs to be done to stop more from happening. (11/17) Read

The Hill: An opinion piece from Sudanese local peacebuilder Quscondy Abdulshafi on U.S sanctions on Sudan and the significance for resolving conflict and building peace. (10/17) Read

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. (7/17) 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. (9/16) 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. (9/15) Read

New York Times: A mention and link to Insight on Conflict in an article about Rohingya migrant crisis. (7/15) Read

Foreign Affairs: Explores Peace Direct’s view that aid must shift towards local voices. (6/15) Read

BBC World News: Gulalai Ismail from our partner in Pakistan talks to BBC World News about her work. (3/15) Watch below.

BBC World Service: Pakistan peacebuilders, Gulalai and Saba Ismail from the project we support in Pakistan, talk to the BBC World Service. (1/15) Listen

BBC World Service: Pakistan peacebuilder, Gulalai Ismail, talks to the BBC World Service. (8/14) Listen below


Guardian An interview with Saba Ismail, from Aware Girls, the project Peace Direct funds in Pakistan (5/13) Read

Guardian An opinion piece on the conflict minerals on DR Congo, includes a mention of Peace Direct’s project in DR Congo. (2/13) Read

Guardian A profile of Envision, the peacebuilding organisation Peace Direct supports in Zimbabwe (12/12) 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. (3/12). 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.

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 (5/11) Read

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 (5/11) Read

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