Mapping peace

The work of local people who dedicate their lives to stopping war and building peace is rarely publicised.

Despite striving for peace on the frontlines on conflict, their work is routinely overlooked, their projects remain underfunded and their good practice is not replicated. This must change.

Through detailed research, mapping and profiling of effective local peacebuilding projects, we aim to become a global champion for local peacebuilders, ensuring their voices, knowledge and expertise is amplified across the globe.



Mapping peace

Underpinning all our work is the belief that the current structure of the aid system needs radical reform. Local people have been sidelined in efforts to stop war and build peace. Yet there is increasing evidence that shows the effectiveness of local action to stop violence and build long term peace.

We are determined to shift the balance of power and resources towards those who have the deep local knowledge of a conflict, and the long term commitment to fight for peace. We will continue to build on our mapping of local peacebuilding organisations through global resource Insight on Conflict, and detailed research in war torn countries.

Through this and targeted advocacy, we hope to encourage international donors and policy makers to be supportive of local peacebuilding through focused efforts to raise their voices, profiles and expertise.



What we do

Insight on Conflict

Published by Peace Direct, Insight on Conflict is the leading online resource for local peacebuilding in conflict zones worldwide.

This flagship website maps and profiles over 1,300 local peacebuilding organisations working on the frontlines of war. Our unique network of 33 Local Peacebuilding Experts provides first hand insight into 44 conflicts raging around the world.

The site is a one-stop resource for journalists, academics, peacebuilders and policy makers looking to understand the scope and impact ofconflict resolution work around the world.



Mapping early warning in DR Congo

We have undertaken a comprehensive research and mapping project in DR Congo to identify the range of peacebuilding activities, discover how to better support collaboration between groups, and identify possible areas for future support. We have researched both international organisations and local Congolese organisations active in early warning projecs.

The research was completed via a wide range of semi-structured interviews, field visits and calls to many of the featured organisations. The mapping documents 10 international early warning projects, and 32 local organisations involved in early warning.

View the interactive map.


Our research demonstrates that there are a wide range of high quality programmes that are identifying and directly intervening to prevent conflicts on a wide range of issues, from land conflicts to demobilisation and reintegration of milita members.

However, a frequently voiced opinion in the interviews we conducted was that there was not enough sharing of information or collaboration between those different projects. We hope the mapping can provide a practical resource to increase coordination, while facilitating more support to local groups active in this area.


Mapping local peacebuilding in South Sudan

Unity State in South Sudan is a complex, hostile environment with long standing and emerging armed conflicts between multiple groups. A legacy of ethnic strife and recurring trauma combined with recent escalation of large scale political violence from late 2013 makes an already complex situation worse.

This project will map local peacebuilding organisations and work efforts to better understand obstacles locals face, and identify ways to scale up local capacity. It will compile crucial data in a largely invisible conflict zone, address a knowledge gap and identify opportunities to support those already working on the ground in this complex and fractured environment.



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