Media - Peace Direct


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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Peace Cries Out

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Global Advisory Council launched

Peace Direct is excited to announce the formation of a new Global Advisory Council. The group is made up of activists, researchers, human rights defenders and community leaders who are committed to helping us achieve our mission of stopping war.Read more »

Solidarity and action: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

The U.S. civil rights movement, and its most recognized leader Martin Luther King Jr. showed us the power of nonviolence to transform society and advance greater justice for all. Today, the power of nonviolence has never been stronger -- or needed more urgently -- in the U.S. and around the world.Read more »


Peace Direct in the news


BondOne month on since the devastating earthquakes hit Türkiye and Syria, local organisations have been strengthening the case for unrestricted, flexible funding (Mar 2023)

BBC NewsBrian Haw memorial: Sir Mark Rylance leads campaign (Feb 2023)

USAIDUSAID Commits $8.8 Million For Research to Advance Diverse, Locally Led Development (Jan 2023)

DEVEXSweden cutting peace-building budget by 40% (Jan 2023)

Causeartist26 Inspiring Nonprofit Leaders Who Will Impact the World in 2023 (Jan 2023)

BondINGO friends, it’s time to reimagine our role. What better time to do it than at the start of a new year? (Jan 2023)


Friends Committee on National Legislation100+ National Organizations Urge Congress to Support Yemen War Powers Resolution (Dec 2022)

Positive.NewsMark Rylance on cancel culture, surviving abuse and taking positive steps (Nov 2022)

United States Institute of PeaceAmplifying Women’s Voices in Peacebuilding (Nov 2022)

United States Institute of PeaceWomen’s Inclusion in Peacebuilding Needs to Start Earlier and Go Further (Nov 2022)

EU Observer/EU ScreamThe Decolonisers (Oct 2022)

International Service for Human RightsHuman rights defenders and experts share priorities for High Commissioner Volker Türk (Oct 2022)

Daily TrustAtyap, Hausa, Fulani Communities In Kaduna Hold Peace Dialogue (Oct 2022)

The Chronicle of PhilanthropyDespite the Challenges, Donors Must Continue to Support Struggling Nonprofits in Afghanistan (Sep 2022)

International Peace InstituteDoing Aid Better: Actions to Support Local Leadership in Policy, Funding, and Practice (Sep 2022)

DevexSamantha Power announces USAID Africa Localization Initiative (Sep 2022)

Bond13 must-read books on international development (Aug 2022)

The New HumanitarianDecolonising Aid: A reading and resource list (Aug 2022)

AllAfricaAfrica: How Structural Racism Shows Up In Peacebuilding Processes (May 2022)

BondMeeting people where they are at? Sure, just don’t leave them there (Mar 2022)

BondThe tragedy of Ukraine and the urgency of peacebuilding (Mar 2022)


Charity DigitalShowcasing diversity through imagery (Sep 2021)

UK FundraisingStructural racism reinforces colonial dynamics in global development, says report (May 2021)

2020 and earlier

The Hill: Approach to end endless wars Read (12/20)

UNSOM: The U.N. Assistance Mission in Somalia profiled Halima Godane, an activist for solidarity and progress among Somali women Read (12/20)

The Hill: To address violence in the US, here’s what we need to do Read (11/20)

Responsible Statecraft: Empower youth to build peace, not fight endless wars Read (9/20)

Devex: Global Fragility Act strategy won’t include pilot country picks, sources say Read (9/20)

The Harvard Crimson: Op-ed: Supporting Our Peers for a More Peaceful World Read (9/20)

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Amber Spalek column: Empowering youth at home and around the world: Here’s how we can do it Read (9/20)

The Observer: Op-ed: On International Youth Day, support youth building peace and fighting for justice Read (8/20) Shorter version in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Candid: The impact of COVID-19 on civil society Read (7/20)

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Commentary: You want to stop wars? Include young people in conversations about peace Read (7/20)

CGTN video: Bringing fractured communities together through conflict resolution Watch (7/20)

Devex: Without face-to-face meetings, what does peace building look like during COVID-19? Read (6/20)

Breathe magazine: What 500 Sun Salutations taught me Read (6/20)

Inside Philanthropy: In Transformational Moments, Supporting Local Peace Work is More Urgent than Ever Read (6/20) Uvira: Youth Actions for Peace raises awareness on the fight against covid-19 Read (5/20)

Responsible Statecraft: Op-ed: A global ceasefire amid COVID-19: Necessary but not sufficient Read (5/20)

Atlantic Council: Aid groups desperately look for other options to combat coronavirus (includes our COVID-19 report) Read (5/20)

Inkstick website: Op-ed: Youth Are the ‘Now and the Future’ Read (4/20)

Peace Journalist magazine: Article about our comic book series “The Challenges of War” Read (4/20)

City Mirror News: One of our partners in Nigeria, the Centre for Healthcare and Economic for Women and Youth, is helping address the violence between herders and farmers in Daffo District of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State. Read (3/20) Follow up Read (6/20)

Inkstick website: Op-ed: How $5 billion could build peace and end America’s longest war Read (3/20)

The Sportsman: Rob Pope, who raises money for Peace Direct, is featured for his love of running. Read (3/20)

Alliance magazine: What we at Peace Direct learned from working with local peacebuilding groups for 15 years. Read (2/20)

Music & Peacebuilding: An Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania podcast features Peace Direct’s U.S. Executive Director Bridget Moix and music from the Bluegrass Ambassadors. Listen (2/20)

The Global Search for Education: Peace Direct co-founder Scilla Elworthy was interviewed by C.M. Rubin about youth movements and her book. Read (1/20)

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)

The New York Times: Two stories about Gulalai Ismail: In Pakistan, a Feminist Hero Is Under Fire and on the Run Read (7/19) And an account of her escape to the U.S. Read (9/19)

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.