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 »

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

Impact of COVID-19 on conflict and peace in Pakistan

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

14 July 2020

Partnering well for peace

We have been thinking a lot at Peace Direct about how to support local organisations without rendering them unsustainable; how to work with partners to generate local accountability before donor accountability; and about how long-term partnerships (so crucial to the support local peacebuilders need) can lead to more effective peacebuilding rather than it all just becoming ‘business as usual’. Read more »

06 July 2020