To build a Syrian house: When poetry and peace intertwine

Poets Antony Owen and Isabel Palmer have written for over 10 years on issues relating to conflict and peace. Here, they reflect on the strength of poetry to provide depth and truth to the first-hand experiences of conflict, and to breath life into dreams of a peaceful future. Through exploring several poems provided by our guest contributors related to conflict in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, this article seeks to present ways that poetry can help people come to terms with conflict, share their lived experience, and communicate stories about peacebuilding from civilians who are often overlooked in conflict zones. Read more »

Mali On The Brink: Local Voices for Peace

'Mali On The Brink' is the latest in our series of 'Local Voices for Peace' reports. It presents the findings of Peace Direct's 'Peace Exchange' that took place in Bamako in May 2018, bringing together 20 representatives from Malian grassroots peacebuilding organisations to discuss the drivers of violent conflict, and the local capacities that exist to build peace. Read more »

18 July 2018

Le Mali à la croisée des chemins

‘Le Mali à la croisée des chemins’ est le dernier rapport de notre série ‘Local Voices for Peace‘. Ce rapport présente les constats de l’atelier Peace Exchange qui a eu lieu à Bamako en mai 2018, et qui a rassemblé 20 représentants Maliens d’organisations de consolidation de la paix pour discuter les facteurs principaux des conflits violents, et les capacités locales qui existent pour la consolidation de la paix. Read more »

18 July 2018

July 2018

This month’s Peace Insight newsletter features resources on financial sustainability, the impact of collective action, and more. Read more »

13 July 2018

The 10th KROKODIL Literary Festival: a debate on common language and historical revisionism in the Western Balkans

The 10th KROKODIL Literary Festival, which took place last month in Belgrade, featured several debates in which participants discussed the themes of common language and historical revisionism in the Western Balkans. Read more »

12 July 2018

Prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula

Over recent months, and particularly with the historic and unprecedented summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jung Un in Singapore on June 12, 2018, the potential for reducing tension and conflict on the Korean Peninsula and moving toward a resolution of the long-standing conflicts emerged. Commentators around the world and the people of Korea welcomed the summit as a new direction and one step closer to peace, but what does that mean for local peacebuilders? Read more »

10 July 2018

Does life matter to Colombians?

On the 3rd of July, most Colombians were celebrating a stunning performance from their national team at the football World Cup. Yet at the same time, several assassinations and massacres were happening in different regions across Colombia. This article calls for Colombia to denounce violence on this day and every day, and protect its social leaders and peacebuilders by raising awareness of the risks they are facing by serving their communities. Read more »

06 July 2018

Peace as the business of the future, follow Elworthy's roadmap

As a peacebuilder in the Middle East, our local peacebuilding expert from Lebanon acknowledges that with all this turmoil around us it is hard to be optimistic. It is all the more remarkable therefore that she found a book that left her smiling and hopeful. In her review of "The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War" by Scilla Elworthy, the founder of Peace Direct, Sawssan Abou-Zahr reviews the roadmap the book puts forward for peace among nations and within them. Read more »

21 June 2018

An IT campaign to tackle hate speech and build peace online

Fake News is not just a problem in the US. Online disinformation has been blamed for fuelling violence all over the world. In South Sudan a campaign has been launched to train young people to recognise and combat online hate speech, and identify ways to build peace online. Read more »

19 June 2018

Tomorrow's Peacebuilders: Environmental action takes centre stage in Burkina Faso

Winner of our 2016 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Award for the Environmental Peacebuilding category, Association Burkinabè d’Action Communautaire, or Burkinabe Association for Community Action (ABAC) is a local organisation based in Burkina Faso that works to build peace by improving social cohesion in deprived areas of the country and encouraging peace between different rural communities. ABAC’s peacebuilding activities include training, facilitating dialogue, producing information materials in local languages, and working with local governments. We caught up with ABAC to hear about their activities since winning the Peace Direct Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Award for Environmental Peacebuilding in 2016, funded by the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Read more »

30 May 2018