It is not difficult to find heroes at the UN: individuals and communities who, in the face of enormous challenges, maintain a commitment to peace and nonviolence. Najlaa Sheekh, a Syrian refugee in Turkey, exemplifies the power of nonviolence in the midst of the ravages and soul-grinding consequences of war. Read more »

23 January 2019

As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy today, Peace Direct and the Alliance for Peacebuilding would like to celebrate everyday peacebuilders across America who are heeding Dr. King’s inspirational example. Read more »

21 January 2019

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

21 December 2018

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December 2018

This month’s Peace Insight newsletter features resources on building peace across borders, reconciliation in Rwanda and more. Read more »

08 December 2018

The privilege of not listening: How international support is undermining the sustainability of local civil society

Peace Direct's Senior Research Officer, Megan Renoir, shares the lessons learnt through Facilitating Financial Sustainability (FFS), our joint USAID-funded research project in collaboration with LINC and Foundation Center. Read more »

28 November 2018

Why grassroots peacebuilding? Is ‘inclusive peacebuilding’ a more sustainable recipe for peace?

The Colombian Peace Agreement (CPA) is known as being the most inclusive peace deal to date, as several civil society organizations partook in the negotiation process and helped in drafting the final agreement. Two years later into the peacebuilding process, how inclusive is the implementation of Colombia’s peace? Read more »

05 November 2018

November 2018

This month’s Peace Insight newsletter features resources on local networks for peace, community approaches to peacebuilding in South Sudan and more. Read more »

02 November 2018

How Students Build Peace in Politically-Charged Climates

Although students Anoaga & Jabir might disagree on Ghanaian politics, through a 'Dialogues for Peace' programme, they have been able to engage in conversations and activities with other young people, and build peace in their local community. Read more »

22 October 2018

The remarkable story of Kareemat and its founder

Based in Turkey, Kareemat is a local organisation that works to support Syrian refugees by helping women find employment opportunities, dissuading young men from taking up arms, and combating stereotypes towards Syrian refugees in Turkey. They are one of the finalists of Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders, our annual awards that celebrate the world’s most innovative local peacebuilders. Read more »

19 October 2018

Kismayo Peace Exchange: Call for applicants

Peace Direct is looking for organisations that would be interested in participating in a Peace Exchange in Kismayo which will take place from 10-12 December 2018. Read more »

17 October 2018

Reviving peacebuilding

In this opinion piece, Dr. Bruce W. Dayton assesses the state of peacebuilding around the world and the roadblocks that peacebuilders have faced over the last quarter century. Far from seeing these challenges as insurmountable, he puts forward strategies to address past failures, to grasp new global realities, and to ultimately make peacebuilding practice more sustainable, relevant and equitable. Read more »

04 October 2018

Youth in Kashmir: a tinder box

There has been a rise in violence in Kashmir, amid claims of a growing acceptance of these killings in the public psyche. This article seeks to shed light on the roots of the violence, one of which stems from an increase in recruitment of young people into militant groups. The author describes young people in Kashmir as a tinder box, with the potential both for violence, and for sparking movements to peace. Their actions carry the possibility of provoking conflict, but also the means to turn against it. Read more »

25 September 2018

Art, a miracle remedy for peace?

As the peacebuilding sector continues its powerful upswing, gaining visibility and chutzpah internationally, the techniques and tools used by peacebuilders to craft and build it have continued to grow more and more diverse. As a case in point, the increased use of art to establish and strengthen conflict prevention mechanisms have seen increased success. Read more »

31 August 2018