Seizing opportunities in Sri Lanka

Over the past few months, Sri Lanka has experienced something of a political tsunami, with Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government being voted out of office in January. With Maithripala Sirisena as the new president, space is gradually opening for greater engagement for critically discussing government policy and issues of reconciliation.

Promoting sustainable development in Pakistan

International Alert has published two papers on the potential role that the private sector can play in promoting cohesive and sustainable development in Pakistan, with a particular focus on the mining industry.

Talking Peace Festival returns for second year

International Alert is pleased to announce that the Talking Peace Festival will return for its second year this autumn with an even bigger and more global programme of creative events around the International Day of Peace on 21 September.

Fragility, conflict and violence

Last month International Alert took part in the World Bank’s first Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Forum in Washington DC. We presented as part of a panel discussion on conflict-sensitivity and also joined a training course on FCV for World Bank field staff.

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Perceptions of security in Lebanon

International Alert has published new research on perceptions of security in Lebanon, looking at people’s views on both insecurity and security providers in the country.

The research is part of an almost three-year project funded by the European Union designed to enhance understanding of security sector reform (SSR) in Lebanon and promote dialogue among those involved in security provision, and was carried out in partnership with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS).

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Reaping the peace dividends

A new report by International Alert has revealed a growing confidence in sustained peace and security in northern Uganda, following the end of the 21-year conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and Ugandan government forces, which ended in 2008.

Gender-responsive justice

Nepal has a complex informal justice system, with an array of traditional, indigenous and religious mechanisms. This system contributes massively to enhancing access to justice in the country, especially for rural, poor and marginalised people.

Safeguards that work for fragile contexts

International Alert submitted recommendations to the World Bank review of their environmental and social safeguards this month.

The safeguards set out environmental and social standards that all bank projects must comply with, dealing with things such as land tenure, environmental damage, indigenous people’s protections, stakeholder engagement and accountability. As such, the standards are crucial to the institution’s ability to deliver inclusive development in fragile and conflict-affected situations.

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Conflict data in the Philippines

Data on conflicts in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the Philippines will now be available online, with the launch of the Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS) website.

Revolution, resilience and religion

Read the report hereInternational Alert’s new report outlines the preliminary findings from our survey into the experiences and perceptions of young people in two suburbs of Tunisia's capital Tunis.

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