20 March 2017: While many resources have been dedicated to Countering Violent Extremism efforts, little attention has been paid to the role women play in the Boko Haram insurgency and responses to it in Nigeria, says Idayat Hassan.
The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), popularly referred to as Boko Haram, has been waging a war against the Nigerian state for the past seven years. The insurgency has claimed over twenty thousand lives, displaced over two million people, and destroyed billions of dollars’ worth of personal and public property.
13 March 2017: The promise of peace has led to many changes within Colombian society. The most recent is the increased activism of young people, who through technology are promoting local change and peacebuilding, says Lina Maria Jaramillo.
The promise of peace has caused a lot of changes in Colombian civil society. After the defeat suffered by peace promoters in the 2016 referendum, Colombia appears to be facing a wave of citizen mobilisation from a civil society historically understood as an apathetic one.
01 March 2017: The war in Yemen is now almost two years old. With no sign of it coming to an end, Peace Direct’s Local Peacebuilding Expert in the country provides their latest update on key aspects of the conflict.
The humanitarian situation
31 January 2017: Today, Peace Direct launches a new strand of its work researching and engaging with local peacebuilders. The first in an original series of reports focuses on Yemen.
Today, Peace Direct launches a new strand of its work researching and engaging with local peacebuilders.
From now on, we will provide regular updates on specific peacebuilding activities taking place in key areas - even those in the middle of full-scale armed violence.
Hope amidst the horror in Northern Nigeria
28 December 2016: A range of conflicts are causing devastation across Northern Nigeria. Shifting to a more locally-led approach, by engaging and supporting civil society groups, will increase the chances of reducing their impact, says Ruairi Nolan.
Peace Direct is currently conducting research in partnership with the Life and Peace Institute (LPI) to explore the links between peacebuilding and women in Kismayo. Peace Direct intends to continue this partnership and conduct further research on peacebuilding in Kismayo, which is the subject of this TOR.