Links between youth, climate change and security

The combined pressures of climate change and growing youth populations will influence security environments and affect already fragile contexts, according to a new UNICEF report co-authored by peacebuilding charity International Alert and the Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and commissioned by UNICEF UK.

Russian-Abkhaz Partnership Agreement

On 16th January, International Alert held a roundtable where experts and officials from the European Union discussed the November 24th Russian-Abkhaz Agreement on Alliance and Strategic Partnership with Georgian, Abkhaz and Russian experts both from civil society as well as the authorities in Tbilisi and Sukhum/i.

Our 2014 in pictures

At the end of January, Alert facilitated a visit by a group of young cross-party Sri Lankan MPs to London as part of our ‘Supporting post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka’ project.  The delegation (pictured) met with a group of Sri Lankan diaspora members – part of our ongoing effort to strengthen engagement with these communities in the UK.

Climate change in Pakistan

A recent consultation held by International Alert on Climate Change, Security and Conflict in Islamabad, Pakistan acknowledged that poor resource management and changes in climate are crucial components of current and potential tensions in both the country and wider region.

Talking Peace Festival 2014 photostory

In September 2014, we launched our inaugural Talking Peace Festival - a month-long series of events in London which explored the power of dialogue to resolve conflicts. Pop-up restaurants, panel discussions, comedy nights, street art, a photography exhibition and hackathon all featured in a packed festival programme which was designed to kick-start conversations about peace through popular culture.

Sexual violence, abuse and child marriages in Pakistan

International Alert recently held two consultations in Pakistan which brought together women and experts from diverse backgrounds to discuss the tradition of early and forced marriages and its link with different forms of sexual violence.

Alert trains African Development Bank on conflict sensitivity

Earlier this month International Alert and Swisspeace were in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa, co-facilitating a seminar and training for the African Development Bank on development in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

Campaign truck promotes a ‘safer city’ in Kampala

From 19-21 November, International Alert ran a vibrant campaign in the Ugandan capital of Kampala to engage thousands of local people in conversations about making their city a safer place.

Water resources in fragile contexts

Last month International Alert, together with the Permanent Peace Movement, held a conference in Beirut on water and resilience.

On and beyond 1325

Erkki TuomiojaOn 9 December International Alert’s gender team travelled to Helsinki for the third in our series of collaborative seminars to launch our 'Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding' research.