Changing perspectives through theatre: working with child soldiers in DRC

For the past two years, drama workshops have been carried out in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for former child soldiers, who then go on to perform shows in their communities. The aim of the workshops is to facilitate their reintegration into society, notably by changing the way people look at them. Read more »

22 August 2018

Can education really reduce armed group recruitment?

Somalia has experienced civil war for almost 30 years, and with over 70 per cent of its population under 30 years of age, youth and youth education appear to be the key to a peaceful future in the country. Read more »

14 August 2018

Filipino social enterprise: ‘when there’s coffee served, there’s less fighting’

Filipino social enterprise Coffee for Peace is mediating disputes in the Philippines’ most conflicted region by harnessing the power of coffee as a communication tool Read more »

03 August 2018

August 2018

This month’s Peace Insight newsletter features resources on lessons from peacebuilding in South Sudan, grassroots peacebuilding in Cyprus, the launch of our new report 'Mali on the brink' and more. Read more »

01 August 2018

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