Publications Archive - Peace Direct


The nine roles that intermediaries can play in international cooperation

In recent years, there has been growing scrutiny of the largely unchanged role that INGOs have played in humanitarian, development and peacebuilding efforts. This scrutiny includes the push towards greater ‘localisation’, systems change processes that aim to ‘shift power’ towards more locally led development and global discussions around how to ‘decolonise’ the sector. The dominant role of the … Continued

Youth Action for Peace Programme

Youth Action for Peace – Programme Evaluation September 2022 This evaluation report reflects on the Youth Action for Peace Programme (YAPP). The programme was co-created between Peace Direct and five local youth organisations across four, conflict-affected countries. Over three years, local partner organisations distributed small, flexible grants totalling $1 million USD. These grants supported 218 youth … Continued

Localisation & Decolonisation

Peace Direct is proud to release our latest discussion paper: Localisation and Decolonisation. In this paper we explore the nuances of each concept, examine the problematic mixing of the terms, and outline how we can change systems in a tangible way. As Peace Direct Chief Executive, Dylan Mathews, puts it: “There’s been so much talk … Continued

Migration & Peacebuilding

During 2021, the world witnessed the highest level of displacement and migration since the Second World War, with the number of people forced to flee their homes doubling over the last decade. Migration & Peacebuilding explores the inherent relationship between conflict and migration patterns, and how local peacebuilders are key to understanding and stopping the … Continued

Impact Report – 2021

Our Impact Report highlights the achievements of the Peace Direct network in 2021.   Across 15 countries, 257 local peacebuilding organisations received support from us in 2021. That’s ten times the number of groups we worked with just five years ago. 153 groups received support through our Local Action Fund. This model provides a more … Continued

Race, Power and Peacebuilding

Race, Power & Peacebuilding is our latest report, which aims to explore and to understand how racism manifests itself in the peacebuilding sector.  This report is a summary of a global consultation which included over 160 people from 70 countries. We are indebted to all those who participated and contributed to the findings of the … Continued

NEW RESEARCH: Political actors and identity-based violence in Beni

[En français ci-dessous] In the Democratic Republic of Congo, political officials use social tensions, clashing ethnic identities and conflicts as opportunities to advance in the political scene. This is one of the key findings in new research from Congolese organisation,  Research Initiatives for Social Development, supported by Peace Direct and the Beni Peace Forum. Read the full … Continued

Time to Decolonise Aid

Time to Decolonise Aid is our latest report  About the Report  In November 2020, Peace Direct, Adeso, the Alliance for Peacebuilding and Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security held a three-day online consultation with 158 activists, decision- makers, academics, journalists and practitioners across the globe. Participants and guest contributors exchanged insights and local experiences on the current power … Continued

Pioneering Peace

COVID-19 has hastened our use of technology and moved our lives almost wholly online. We have become more reliant on technology in everyday life. For peacebuilders, their experiences have been similar.   In 2020, Shift Power for Peace, a collaboration between Peace Direct, Humanity United and Conducive Space for Peace launched the Digital Inclusion Fund to … Continued

Escaping “Perpetual Beginnings”

Escaping “Perpetual Beginnings”: Challenges and Opportunities for Local Atrocity Prevention in the Democratic Republic of Congo. . Government efforts to curb violence in DRC are lacking, which means local people carry out many atrocity prevention activities themselves. Despite the vital role these efforts play, significant gaps remain, including under-resourcing and poor networking opportunities.  . This report is … Continued