Mali was one of the last countries in Africa to record an outbreak of coronavirus, however the impact of the pandemic on the country is now widespread, and tensions are mounting. In this article, our local peacebuilding expert from Mali examines the government measures to halt the spread of the virus, the impact of the virus on local peacebuilding, and the initiatives happening on the ground to raise awareness and keep people safe. Read more »

10 September 2020

Over a month on from the devastating blast in Lebanon's capital, Beirut, our local peacebuilding expert Sawssan Abou-Zahr shares her personal experience of the event. Read more »

07 September 2020

From August 27th, the repatriation of the first group of Burundian refugees returning home from Rwanda is set to get underway. In this article, our local peacebuilding expert from Burundi* analyses the diviside repatriation process, and why it's an important step towards peaceful reintegration. Read more »

27 August 2020

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Rapatriement en cours du premier groupe de réfugiés burundais du Rwanda

A partir du 27 août, le rapatriement du premier group des réfugiés burundais rentrant du Rwanda est sur le point de démarrer. Dans cet article, notre expert local de la consolidation de la paix provenant du Burundi* analyse la division qui entoure le processus de rapatriement, et pourquoi c'est une étape importante vers la réinsertion pacifique des réfugiés. Read more »

27 August 2020

Creating space from the margins: A renewal of peacebuilding in Kashmir Valley

Recent events and others like it are major setbacks for minority groups in Kashmir, this article sheds light on how this period of transition is providing opportunities for healing, and reports on the organisations attempting to usher in renewed energy for peacebuilding. Read more »

26 August 2020

COVID-19 has drastically hit civilians and civil society in Syria

In this article, our local peacebuilding expert from Syria reflects on how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Syria’s protracted civil war, and how local peacebuilders are adapting to new circumstances. Read more »

18 August 2020

From a rectangle to a circle: It’s time to turn the turn tables on aid

In this article, peacebuilder Ada Ichoja Ohaba describes how the tables need to be turned to make peacebuilding more community centric. More trust and support must go to civil society and local groups to generate solutions to their problems, and partnerships must be equitable, and based on sustainability and respect. Read more »

14 August 2020

Digital Pathways to Peace

The latest in our series of ‘Local Voices for Peace’ reports, ‘Digital Pathways for Peace: Insights and lessons from a global online consultation’, shares perspectives from local peacebuilders on the benefits and challenges of using technology to build peace, and offers recommendations for policymakers, donors and civil society to harness the capabilities digital technologies offer. Read more »

Burundi’s New Leadership: Between Hope, Uncertainty and Key Challenges

In this article, our local peacebuilding expert from Burundi reflects on how the recent change in leadership, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, are impacting peacebuilders, and what challenges await the new leader. Read more »

03 August 2020

Impacts of COVID-19 on local peacebuilding: How to support local peacebuilders during and beyond the pandemic?

The global spread of COVID-19 has drastically disrupted our ways of life. This impact is mostly felt in fragile contexts where a combination of prolonged armed conflicts, bad governance, and inadequate healthcare systems have predisposed these nations for much more devastating effects of the pandemic. Peace journalist Christian Cito Cirhigiri reflects on what can be done to support peacebuilders. Read more »

Redefining peacebuilding amid a pandemic and national crisis in Lebanon

In this article, local peacebuilding expert in Lebanon, Sawssan Abou-Zahr reflects on the impact of COVID-19 for peacebuilders, along with the opportunities brought about by a pandemic. Read more »

27 July 2020

The opportunities for peace that come with a global pandemic

In this article, local peacebuilding expert in Colombia Lina María Jaramillo reflects on the impact of COVID-19 for peacebuilders, along with the opportunities brought about by a pandemic. Read more »

22 July 2020

When civil society responds: COVID-19 in Ukraine

In this article, local peacebuilding expert in Ukraine, Olga Dolinina reflects on the impact of COVID-19 for peacebuilders, along with the opportunities brought about by a pandemic. Read more »

16 July 2020