Publications

COVID-19 and local peacebuilding

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic grows, our focus remains on how we can continue to support communities breaking through cycles of violent conflict.  Recently, we convened more than 450 peacebuilders from around the world in online consultations to discuss how the current COVID-19 crisis is impacting their work, changing their needs, and shaping … Continued

Towards locally-led peacebuilding – partnership approaches

This brief on partnership approaches is part of a series called ‘Towards locally-led peacebuilding’ intended to highlight gaps in current policy and practice. As partnerships between international and local organisations commence, evolve and come to an end, they offer an opportunity to support locally-led approaches and achieve sustainable outcomes. We have identified nine crucial principles … Continued

Broadcasting Peace

Our new report, ‘Broadcasting Peace: Insights and lessons from local peacebuilders in Eastern DRC’, shares insights from local civil society groups, and maps local peacebuilding efforts amid rising violence in the country. The report makes the case for local peacebuilders working to counter this trend. Congolese peacebuilders are effectively engaging in atrocity prevention in a variety … Continued

Radical Flexibility: Strategic Funding for the Age of Local Activism

“Radical Flexibility: Strategic Funding for the Age of Local Activism” is a report produced as a collaboration between Peace Direct and Riva Kantowitz, an independent consultant focused on innovative and effective donor financing. This report outlines how a groundbreaking new fund is needed to address the lack of funding for local actors. It is also … Continued

Impact Report 2018

Working with inspiring individuals and communities at the centre of peacebuilding efforts from Somalia to Syria, in 2018 we supported almost 24,000 people to turn away from violence and build peace from the ground up.

Agriculture, community mobilisation and peacebuilding in Eastern DRC

The latest in our series of learning summaries, this summary highlights the main challenges, successes and lessons learned during a project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to provide livelihood support to communities affected by conflict. Our partners the Centre Résolution Conflits works to help war-affected communities rebuild and become more resilient. Their work … Continued

Local peacebuilding: What works and why

This report, a collaboration between Peace Direct and the Alliance for Peacebuilding, explores the effectiveness of local peacebuilding, sharing real and impactful initiatives from around the world. ‘What works and why’ argues that more support for local peacebuilding is needed, and highlights examples of effective local initiatives in support of this claim. To counter the … Continued

Youth and Peacebuilding

Young peacebuilders around the world are charting creative and innovative ways to assert their voices, thus contributing to shaping an inclusive culture for diverse youth constituencies in peacebuilding processes. Drawing on a three-day online consultation organised by Peace Direct and United Network of Young (UNOY) Peacebuilders in April 2019 with local peacebuilders from across the world, this report shares key insights and policy recommendations to enhance youth inclusion in … Continued

Opportunities for Peace in Kismayo, Somalia

‘Opportunities for Peace in Kismayo, Somalia, is the latest in our series of ‘Local Voices for Peace’ reports, the aim of which is to raise the profile of civil society perspectives on peace and conflict. This report presents the findings of Peace Direct’s first Peace Exchange workshop in Kismayo, a practioner-led conflict analysis workshop bringing together 24 representatives from grassroots peacebuilding organisations from within Kismayo.