Essential work in Burundi and DR Congo supported by UK Aid

We are delighted to have been awarded a Jo Cox Memorial Grant, made available by the Department for International Development in memory and respect to Jo Cox, who dedicated her career to standing up for justice. The award will help us to continue supporting our local peacebuilding partners operating in Burundi and in the Beni territory of eastern DR Congo; areas that receive little international attention or support, yet where local peacebuilding work is innovative, courageous and impactful.  

Today, we are pleased to announce a £1,070,048 award from the UK government. 

We are delighted to have been awarded a Jo Cox Memorial Grant, made available by the Department for International Development in memory and respect to Jo Cox, who dedicated her career to standing up for justice.

The award will help us to continue supporting our local peacebuilding partners operating in Burundi and in the Beni territory of eastern DR Congo; areas that receive little international attention or support, yet where local peacebuilding work is innovative, courageous and impactful.  

Thanks to the support from UK Aid from the British people, we will be able to support local communities to respond to the early signs of violence, and prevent atrocities. 

This support is transformational for communities in preventing and responding to rising tensions before they erupt, and for helping those affected by violence to better spot the early warning signs that can lead to violence, division and conflict. We have already started work with our partners to train civil society organisations and local people on early warning and response, and to provide psychosocial support for people affected by recent incidents in the DRC. Together, we are also working to set up local protection committees, who will collect information, report on incidents, and run advocacy and dialogue activities within their communities.

 

Through the grant, our partners will also be able to provide training on reporting incidents of violence and human rights abuses. The ability to share updates and information on escalating tensions quickly and accurately is vital to prevent atrocities and mass violence.

With thanks to the Jo Cox Memorial Fund, the important work our partners are doing on the ground will reach local decision makers and their communities.

Dylan Mathews, Chief Executive of Peace Direct, said: “I’d like to take the opportunity to thank UK Aid for believing with us in the power of local action to resolve conflict. With this dedicated support, our local partners will be able to develop their early warning and rapid response activities, so that localised violence is stopped before it escalates, and local organisations are better able to tackle the root causes of extremism and find non-violent solutions.”

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