Planting the seeds of peace

The war in Ukraine has caused over 9,000 deaths and exposed large parts of the population to disruption, dislocation, injury and often extreme violence. One of the effects of this, as in all violent conflicts, is long-term psychological harm. To build any sustainable peace in the country, this harm needs to be healed, both at an individual and societal level.

Homegrown solutions

Three members of the Civil Society Contact Group take part in a training on methodologies for conducting analytical researchTajikistan faces a range of complex development challenges, in particular around migration, employment, gender and education; issues that have only deepened in recent years due to the global economic downturn.

Sustaining peace

On 27 April 2016, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on post-conflict peacebuilding.

The resolution, a response to the review of the UN peacebuilding architecture written by an independent expert panel, including International Alert trustee Dr ‘Funmi Olonisakin, represents a “change in strategy and mindset” according to Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General.

Nepal quake, one year on

One year on from the first of two earthquakes that devastated Nepal, killing over 8,700 people and destroying over 800,000 homes, International Alert continues to call for any post-disaster humanitarian aid and reconstruction in the country to be delivered in a way that is sustainable, empowers women and marginalised groups and contributes to lasting peace in the country.

Rebuilding lives after Boko Haram

Two years on from the insurgency group Boko Haram’s abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, most are still missing, as are many of the estimated 2,000 victims to have been abducted since 2012.

International Alert is calling for a #FutureForOurGirls and urging the international community to help support these girls and their communities when they do return home.

Renewed hostilities over Nagorny Karabakh


International Alert has been saddened and deeply concerned these past days by the renewal of hostilities over Nagorny Karabakh and the loss of life on a scale not seen since 1994, and our thoughts are with those affected. We express our sympathies to those who lost loved ones, livelihoods and homes.

Five reasons why conflict sensitivity matters for human rights

Since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) five years ago, companies have increasingly undertaken efforts to ensure a respect for human rights in their activities. Whilst substantial progress has been made, the significance of these developments for companies operating in conflict areas remains underexplored.

Art in times of crisis

Eleven Syrian artists and cultural figures have begun exploring how art can support dialogue and resilience among refugees and communities in Lebanon as part of Create Syria, a joint project by International Alert, the British Council and Ettijahat – Independent Culture.

Making trade work for peace in the Great Lakes

On 16 and 17 March International Alert, with the support of the Swedish embassy and World Bank, organised a unique regional conference in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on