International Alert’s #ART4PEACE campaign featured works donated from over 20 urban artists around the world when it returned for its second running last September as part of the Talking Peace Festival.

The campaign, which included global live art events for the first time as well as an exhibition and auction in London, raised over £16,000 to support our peacebuilding efforts.

BBC Radio 4 appeal

Journalist, broadcaster and author John McCarthy presented International Alert's BBC Radio 4 appeal on Sunday 7 February.

Building peace from the bottom up in Syria

Over the last four months, International Alert, in partnership with a number of local civil society organisations, has been implementing ‘peace education’ initiatives in Syria, Turkey and Lebanon, with the goal of reducing young Syrians’ vulnerability to violence and conflict.

Masculinities and violence in conflict

“We don’t teach these kids about violence; about how to be a man,” said Dr Ken Harland at a recent event co-hosted by International Alert. “We’re not born violent, we learn violence.”

A stalled peace?

International Alert and the Royal Norwegian Embassy organised a forum in Manila on 14 January to highlight lessons from the ongoing Colombian peace process for the stalled peace talks in the Philippines.

Conflict Café 2015

International Alert’s food pop-up Conflict Café welcomed 600 diners to House of Vans in London when it returned for its second year last September as part of the Talking Peace Festival.

The pop-up, which serves authentic food from conflict-affected countries to inspire conversations about places some diners might never learn about, ran for 12 sittings at this spectacular underground venue and raised over £6,000 to support Alert’s peacebuilding efforts.

An agrarian dream?

New research by International Alert has found that a lot more needs to be done to transform Rwanda’s ambitious rural settlements into the idols of communal living envisaged.


Calling for a reality check on gender and multinationals

Conflicts and multinationals both have specific impacts on various kinds of people. Men, women, boys and girls are all affected in different ways – each with their own distinct vulnerabilities, needs and capacities.

Better together

New research by International Alert reveals significant differences in attitudes between Lebanese and Syrian children studying in mixed versus separate classes in Lebanon.

Most-read in 2015

Which peacebuilding stories and topics have been the most popular with our readers in 2015?

1. Recipes for peace

"If you eat with someone, you can't betray them" – Arab proverb