A groundbreaking bill to stop the rise in violent conflict

In an increasingly violent world, could the United States help reduce conflict by making a groundbreaking commitment to build peace?

Rwanda Carol Allen Storey

Global levels of violence are at a 25-year high and it is now violent conflict, rather than natural disasters, that is the leading cause of forced displacement, with 66 million people forced to flee their homes in search of safety.

Every seven minutes, an adolescent is killed by an act of violence (UNICEF) and many more are harmed, orphaned, abducted, deprived of education and health care, sexually violated and left with deep emotional and physical scars.

It is more important than ever to focus global efforts on building long-term sustainable peace. And there is hope.

Today new legislation is being introduced to the United States Congress – with support from the Republican and Democratic parties – that would require the US government to develop a 10-year strategy to better address the root causes of violence, conflict and fragility that drive global crises and bring down current levels of global violence.

The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 signals a key advance in how the US government responds to conflict. International Alert are among 35 organisations supporting the bill as it is taken to congress.

This bill represents action; an attempt genuinely to realise the full potential of a peacebuilding approach.  We welcome this innovative initiative by the U.S. Congress and we call on European legislators to follow suit. 

– Harriet Lamb, CEO, International Alert

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According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, violence containment costs the global economy $14.3 trillion a year. Yet only 1% of global foreign assistance goes to peacebuilding and conflict management, despite their cost-effectiveness and proven results.

Reversing the trends in violence is one of the most urgent national security challenges of our time. It’s critical that global leaders stop the rise in global violence and focus efforts on building peace and preventing further crises.

Show your support

If you’re in the US, you can support representatives Eliot Engel, Ted Poe, Mike McCaul and Adam Smith as they introduce the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018.

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Support for the campaign

We are joining with 35 organisations that endorse this legislation.

  1. Alliance for Peacebuilding
  2. American Friends Service Committee 
  3. CARE
  4. Carl Wilkens Fellowship
  5. Center for Civilians in Conflict  
  6. Center on Conscience & War
  7. Charity & Security Network
  8. Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
  9. Chemonics
  10. Conference of Major Superiors of Men
  11. Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
  12. Cure Violence
  13. Educators Institute for Human Rights
  14. Friends Committee on National Legislation
  15. Global Communities
  16. Humanity United Action
  17. i-ACT
  18. International Alert
  19. International Crisis Group
  20. International Rescue Committee
  21. Jewish World Watch
  22. Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
  23. Mercy Corps
  24. National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
  25. National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  26. Pax Christi International
  27. Pax Christi USA
  28. Peace Direct
  29. PRBB Foundation
  30. SaferWorld
  31. Search for Common Ground
  32. STAND: Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
  33. Stop Genocide Now
  34. World Relief
  35. World Vision

Media enquiries

Expert comment availabe on the peace bill. For media inquiries and to arrange interviews, please contact: Taraneh Dadar, Senior Press Officer, T: +44(0)20 7627 6880, M: +44(0)7775 756288, tdadar@international-alert.org