Talking Peace Festival

International Alert is pleased to announce the Talking Peace Festival, a series of events taking place this autumn around International Peace Day on 21 September.

Using the universal language of creativity, Talking Peace will illustrate the importance of dialogue in resolving conflicts. The festival will open on Monday 8 September and run for a month, featuring an array of events across London, including photo exhibitions, talk shows, pop-up food kitchens, street art, film and comedy – all designed to kick-start a conversation about peace.

The business of peace

International Alert’s Programme Manager for South and Southeast Asia, Markus Mayer, recently met with key officials from major national and multinational companies operating in Pakistan, to discuss the role they can play in supporting peace in the country.

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Catalyst or cure?

Do Nigeria's youth and by extension, the country, stand to be ‘winners’ or ‘losers’ from government interventions in unemployment? Are youth empowerment programmes sufficiently transparent and accountable, reaching the right beneficiaries? What is the linkage between youth grievances around employment schemes and violent conflict?

Developing peace

Last month International Alert co-organised a one-day workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan on the importance of conflict-sensitivity in development programmes.

The session, held on 26 May, was for members of the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Alliance, including representatives from the Aurat Foundation, Norwegian Church Aid, National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and Oxfam.  

Looking beneath the headlines

International Alert hosted a panel discussion at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) in London on 11 June.

The summit brought together survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, experts, NGOs and government delegations from over 100 countries, and was co-chaired by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie.

Promoting positive diaspora voices

Download the toolkit hereInternational Alert and its partners have published a toolkit on the challenges and opportunities of working with young people from diaspora communities in the UK.

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Uniting for development in Lebanon

Against a backdrop of political violence and increasing tension, Lebanese youth leaders from across the political divide are working together to ensure that development opportunities offered by the oil and gas sector are not missed.

From crisis to hope

Last week we held two roundtable discussions in Bamako on opportunities for peaceful change in Mali, based on our latest research in the country.

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Unheard Voices

International Alert has launched a new project called ‘Unheard Voices’, to share the stories of ordinary people whose lives are affected by the Nagorny Karabakh conflict.

Politics for the next generation

A broad youth coalition should be established in Sri Lanka’s parliament to help address the issues of young people and the wider society, says the Young Political Leaders Forum of Sri Lanka (YPLFSL), a group supported by International Alert.