‘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.
Somalia has experienced over 30 years of armed conflict and violence, creating one of the most complex, multidimensional security crises in the world. The violent civil war that led to state collapse in 1991 has divided the country into a patchwork of fiefdoms fought over by warlords and armed groups, killing tens of thousands, displacing millions and creating a war economy that has shaped political dynamics since.
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. The main objective of the workshop was to provide a forum where local peacebuilding organisations could discuss the drivers of conflict, the key challenges to peace in Kismayo, and to collect information on best practice in local peacebuilding to identify successful peacebuilding initiatives within Kismayo.
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Statement concerning the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Statement from Saferworld, Conciliation Resources, International Alert and Peace Direct concerning the merging of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Read more »
The yoga practice of Sun Salutation serves as a great sequence to energise the body and mind. This graceful movement found itself part of an altogether different exercise, fundraising, as Peace Direct, asked people to raise money by performing ‘500 Sun Salutations in May’. Read more »