Peace Direct - stopping wars one person at a time
Every minute, two people die in conflicts around the world. But in these conflicts there are local people ending violence, saving lives and repairing shattered communities. Person by person, let’s build a world where no-one dies because of war.
Every minute two people die because of war. Every day one in five of us wake up in conflict. Families forced to flee their homes, extremist attacks, girls who are scared to go to school. We hear stories of rape and torture being used as weapons of war. This must stop. International efforts alone are not working, wars restart, conflicts continue and violence leads to further violence. Local people are not involved in resolving conflicts and they must be. But they need our support and funding.
Through supporting local people to stop conflict, one person at a time, we change minds and build strong and peaceful communities. Communities that can withstand the pulls of war and deal with conflict without violence. This can only be done by giving local people support and funding to develop their skills and their ability to talk, negotiate, and persuade people not to resort to violence. It’s delicate and takes time but person by person, let’s build a world in which no-one die in war.
Our aim is to stop wars by supporting local people to resolve their own conflict without violence.
Activities» We raise funds and give support to local peacebuilding organisations that stop violence, rebuild communities and tackle the root causes of conflict.
» We also publicise this work to those in the outside world who can help with funds or influence - the public, governments, aid agencies and media.
We measure success by the number of conflicts resolved non-violently, the number of civilians helped, the number of opportunities created and peace and prosperity in communities.
Long term, it will increase the number of local communities finding their own solutions to conflict and move them from dependence on aid to self-sufficiency. It will demonstrate to the international community that this is an integral part of the solution to building peace. Success will be demonstrated by the level of engagement of the international community in local peacebuilding, demonstrated by an increase in funding to local communities and their inclusion in international responses.
We work in highly volatile places, so we analyse the risk and success factors rigorously. Our peacebuilding organisations face personal risks, but are selected for their experience and protected by their local knowledge and contacts. Our Board of Trustees conducts an annual risk analysis scrutinising all aspects of our work.
We report to donors with specific updates by email, post, meetings and phone letting them know about what their donations are achieving. We keep donors up to date through our blog, newsletters, website, events and social media.
Budget - Project Cost: £30,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £19,500 Service delivery Capacity building support to local peacebuilding organisations around the world. £5,500 Advocacy Engage with governments and influential stakeholders to increase support for local peacebuilding £1,500 Governance to ensure smooth running of the organisation £3,500 Fundraising on behalf of our partners
Burundi, Congo (DRC), Somalia, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Israel and Palestine, and Zimbabwe.
People affected by conflicts in the world’s most fragile countries – entire communities, internally displaced people, young people who are being recruited by extremists, vulnerable people who have experienced violence (rape and torture) as a weapon of war, combatants (including child soldiers) trapped in war.
We focus on local peacebuilding, and enabling local people to devise their own conflict resolution projects. Unlike most aid, devised in the West and subcontracted to local people, we take our lead from the locals. We don’t tell them what to do. We help them to build a future for themselves. This mobilises the huge benefits of local people making their work more sustainable than the usual international interventions. In addition we influence others to do the same and are successful at it.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Henri rescues child soldiers from Congo's vicious bush war, disarms rebels, resettles refuggees and rebuilds communities shattered by violence.
Rasha El Fangry
Rasha runs a network of peace groups in Sudan, helping local people to react quickly when violence erupts and stop it becoming armed conflict.
Gulali saves young people from being recruited by militant extremists in Pakistan, and stands up for women's rights in a male-dominated society.
£100 from Peace from Peace Direct that I can use for what is really needed is worth £100,000 to deliver a programme that a donor has devised.