Most read reports
- United Nations, World Bank, and Humanitarian Organizations Launch Innovative Partnership to End Famine [EN/AR]
- Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 3, September 2018
- A Future Stolen: Young and out of school
- The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018: Building climate resilience for food security and nutrition [EN/AR/RU]
- ECOWAS calls for increased coordination to address security and developmental challenges in Sahel region
by Diana Quick
A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018
19 April 2018: At times of crises, establishing effective communication with the population is crucial in order to ensure that aid delivery meets the actual needs of those affected. Through the use of the media and other channels, humanitarian organisations and local communities can engage in a communication exchange that allows them to both convey and receive information as part of a two-way process. This approach, which is increasingly being adopted in humanitarian work, asks us to re-think ‘communication’ and to expand our view on what we regard as ‘media’.
Despite substantial progress in elevating atrocity prevention as a global goal, civilian populations in far too many places across the world are still suffering from egregious crimes. To protect populations from the risk of mass atrocities, local peacebuilders have long engaged in efforts to bridge divisions in their communities and find local solutions to conflict.
07 March 2018: Peacebuilders have long tried to bring peacebuilding out of the shadows and into the light, but it remains poorly seen and poorly understood. Why is that and what can they learn?
If conflict prevention works why is it so little and so poorly understood?
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
Are there common elements to different violent extremist groups? Christine Mutisya looks at key factors that lead people to conflict and what steps could be taken to counter violent extremism.
Psychologists claim that genetics and the environment determines one’s extent in engaging in violent behaviour. Those who have the genetic predisposition and are exposed to the ‘right’ environment have a higher chance of engaging in violent behaviour.
30 November 2016: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions have an increasingly important role in securing peace across many African countries. Jean de Dieu Basabose draws out insights from a gathering of practitioners, academics and policymakers and asks: what part can local organisations play in transitional justice?
June 13 2016: New EU migration partnerships with African governments risk strengthening autocratic regimes and exacerbating violence, repression and corruption, argues Marije Balt. The deal overshadows the need to work with those concerned: young Africans themselves.
By Marije Balt
Commitments to more effective synergies among peace, humanitarian and development actions in complex humanitarian situations
May 17 2016: Peace Direct's Local Peacebuilding Experts come together to discuss key issues in a new series of reports. In the first edition, they look at the phenomenon of 'third term' presidents in Africa.
Today we launch a new series of reports from Peace Direct’s Local Peacebuilding Experts. Focusing on five different countries around Africa, the first edition discusses what happens when presidents and prime ministers outstay their welcome.
Our Local Correspondent Mirjana Kosic assesses the impact of refugee flows across the fragile Balkans.
With the wars of the 1990s still branded in the collective psyche of people in the Balkans, recent scenes of thousands of refugees from the Middle East transversing the area have prompted uneasy memories of our past hardships. They have also offered a sobering reminder of how fragile a human life is, and how world affairs most severely affect those who have the least responsibility for such calamities.
Impact on the Region
Amber Webb argues that in the debate over the labels given to the millions fleeing conflict an important voice is not being heard – the people themselves.
September 7 2015: In May 2015, a forum to address women's security issues in the MENA region was held in Iraq. Ala Ali reflects on the discussions of the forum and its recommendations for strengthening women's rights in contexts of extremism.
June 25 2015: The plight of migrants trying to reach Europe from North Africa has frequently hit the headlines this year. Mouhamadou Kane discusses what pushes young Senegalese to attempt the dangerous voyage.
On 18 April 2015, an overcrowded shipping boat carrying over 800 migrants, from the Libyan coastline to Italy, sank in the Mediterranean Sea. This tragedy is only one of the many that have taken place this year, as migrants attempts to cross from North Africa to Europe.
May 14 2015: Kirthi Jayakumar explores how storytelling can be a powerful tool for peacebuilding
“To tell one’s story is a human right” – Masha Hamilton, The Afghan Women’s Writing Project.
April 21 2015: Srdja Popovic recently spoke in London about how and why nonviolence works. Peace Direct attended the event which marked the release of his new book.
April 13 2015: The UN recently released a new guide to help mediators working on natural resource conflicts. Insight on Conflict spoke to Michael Brown, an expert on the subject and one of the authors of the report, about how it can help local peacebuilders end conflict.
April 9 2015: West African regional organisation Ecowas has launched a new manual on peacebuilding. Oumarou Gado, Insight on Conflict's Local Correspondent in Niger, discusses how it might be used to train a new generation of young peacebuilders.
April 1 2015: A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This month’s edition features articles on Syrian civil society, community-led resilience, and more. Sign up here to receive the newsletter by email each month.