Peacebuilding in Colombia has a long history, and not all efforts in this field are linked to the current peace implementation process. One of our local peacebuilding experts shares six ways that civil society is enhancing peacebuilding. She hopes that this will help other grassroots actors learn about the attitudes and tools required to lead the country to sustainable peace, thinking of a long-term process and sustainable results that start from the local level. Read more »

30 July 2019

The Adivasis, a marginalised indigenous community in India, have long been persecuted in a deadly conflict that has ravaged their homeland and displaced thousands. To address this, a citizen journalism network, CGNet, organised The Festival of Gods, a gathering where the Adivasis can tell their stories and find support to formally resettle after being evicted from their ancestral homes. Read more »

26 July 2019

Peacebuilding is usually associated with activities undertaken once the fighting has stopped to heal the wounds of war, rebuild a more just socio-political order, and prevent a relapse into violent conflict. This guest post discusses the less adequately explored are the ways in which peacebuilding activities can be undertaken during armed conflict to prevent violence or protect civilians. Read more »

15 July 2019

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Voices from the Frontlines: Quilt in Bogotá spreads hope in Colombia

Yolanda Perea Mosquera and other women’s rights advocates in Colombia are sewing a colorful quilt. They plan to spread it out over the central square in the capital Bogotá in late November. Their message: “cover me with your hope.” Read more »

23 October 2019

Calling local peacebuilding experts

Peace Insight provides information on local peacebuilding organisations in areas of conflict. We feature profiles of over 1,700 organisations around the world, as well as blog posts and key data on peace and conflict. Key to our work is our network of ‘Local Peacebuilding Experts’, who help to research and write about peacebuilding and conflict around the world. Read more »

22 October 2019

Local peacebuilding: What works and why

This report, a collaboration between Peace Direct and the Alliance for Peacebuilding, explores the effectiveness of local peacebuilding, sharing real and impactful initiatives from around the world. Read more »

Youth and Peacebuilding

Young peacebuilders around the world are charting creative and innovative ways to assert their voices, thus contributing to shaping an inclusive culture for diverse youth constituencies in peacebuilding processes. Our 'Youth and Peacebuilding' report produced by UNOY is the latest in our 'Local Voices for Peace' series. Read more »

05 July 2019

Opportunities for Peace in Kismayo, Somalia

‘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. Read more »

20 May 2019

A "territorial peace" approach to curb coca production in Colombia

In this blog post, Juanita Esguerra-Rezk argues that a "territorial peace" approach is needed to curb coca production in Colombia, opposing the militarized approaches proposed by the current government. It exposes evidence related to the health, environmental and social costs of aerial spraying of Glyphosate herbicide, and asserts that sustainable peace must be built through the recognition and empowerment of local communities. Read more »

09 May 2019

Voices of SDG16+ Stories for Global Action

We are asking for submissions of short videos to tell your story. From small initiatives making a difference in your community, to a national awareness-raising campaign, to work at a global or regional level – the best videos will be showcased at an event during the United Nations High- Level Political Forum in July, with selected candidates sponsored to attend in person. Read more »

01 May 2019

The metamorphosis of a female fighter into a peacebuilder

This is a story of armed conflict and gender, ideologies and the business of war, self-criticism and healing, peacebuilding and education. It is that of a woman who went from being a fighter, to fighting for peace. It is a story that proves how easy it is to get caught at a young age in the labyrinth of war, and how hard it is to detox oneself. Read more »

23 April 2019

The untapped potential of visual arts and innovative education for peace

In this blog, former Peace Direct intern Celia Carbajosa spoke to leading social entrepreneur, activist and Rotary Peace Fellow Maria Gabriela Arenas about an approach to violence which she thinks is largely overlooked: that of visual arts and innovative education. Gaby is the founder of TAAP (“Taller de Aprendizaje para las Artes y el Pensamiento”), a foundation based on promoting peaceful living and learning through creative workshops. Read more »

08 April 2019

Peace Dispatch: March 2019

In this quarterly edition, Local Peacebuilding Experts from Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Colombia, India (Kashmir), Lebanon, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine provide their latest analysis of conflict in their areas - and what it means for peacebuilders. Read more »

19 March 2019