#peacehack 2015

In September 2015, International Alert ran its first international #peacehack series, with hackathons taking place in London, Barcelona, Beirut, Colombo and Washington, D.C. We're pleased to announce the winners below.


Joint winners: Hugs not thugs and Commonplace

Peace begins…

Peace cannot be imposed from the top or imported from outside. It is built from the ground up. And peace begins with all of us.

Building resilience in Nepal

Disasters can have a devastating effect on people, homes, communities, industries and the wider economy. Complex crises, especially those that hit conflict-affected countries, demand collaborations that address all dimensions of vulnerability and recovery.

Doing justice to refugees

In January this year, almost four years after the start of the violent conflict in Syria, Lebanon effectively closed its borders to people fleeing the war. With the introduction of a visa regime and very narrow humanitarian criteria for admission, the inflow of refugees into the country that hosted the largest proportion of those displaced per capita has stopped.

Responding to serious organised crime

International Alert recently published a report entitled Tell it like it is on the potential role of civil society in tackling organised crime in west Africa.

Armenia–Turkey conflict put on the table

Armenian chef Natalie Griffith and Turkish chef Gulay Cay in the kitchenLast month during the Talking Peace Festival, we brought together chefs from Armenia and Turkey for three nights of fantastic food for our Conflict Café series.

Fifteen years of UNSCR 1325

On 13 October 2015, the United Nations Security Council hosted a historical anniversary session. Fifteen years ago, as a result of the tireless efforts of women’s rights activists and broader civil society, the UN Security Council had adopted the landmark resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325).

It was the first resolution to recognise that women’s participation and perspectives were essential to peacebuilding, and to highlight women’s and girls’ needs and vulnerabilities in conflict-affected situations.


The security situation in Kasserine, Tunisia

The audience at the press conference, which included more women than menOn 19 September, International Alert organised its first press conference in the Kasserine province of Tunisia to present the results of research conducted in 2015 on local perspectives on the security situation and border management in the region.

Alert welcomes Peace Prize for Tunisian Quartet

International Alert welcomes the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for helping the country's transition to democracy. 

This shines a welcome light on the positive progress in Tunisia, and on the role of civil society there. The Quartet has played a key role in building consensus among the country's different political actors and in allowing a peaceful transition to the elections in 2014, helping ensure that Tunisia remains the great success story of the Arab Spring so far. 

Women, peace and security

An open letter to Permanent Representatives to the UN: Recommendations on the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security and the High Level Review of SCR 1325 (2000)

Dear Ambassador,