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In South and Southeast Asia we work with local people to improve public security and access to justice, and advise on how businesses can operate in a conflict-sensitive way.

The power of youth advocacy

Mohamed Hisham at the focus group discussion at the University of ColomboOver the past few weeks, International Alert has held a series of workshops for young people in Sri Lanka on the topic of youth, media, good governance and advocacy.

Furthering conflict-sensitive economic governance

Last month, International Alert lent its expertise to the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) by handling a five-day course on conflict-sensitive economic governance (CSEG).

This was the second year running that Alert delivered the module for MPI, a training and research institute based in Davao City in the southern Philippines.

Indigenous rights

International Alert has launched a joint scheme to guide investments in ancestral lands in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, in an effort to protect the rights of indigenous peoples and prevent conflict.

The Mindanao IP Desk, launched on 26 May, will match business projects with indigenous peoples' development plans in an effort to promote constructive partnerships between the two parties.

The peace horizon in Nepal

International Alert’s new report, Peace Audit: Nepal, assesses the opportunities and challenges of building sustainable peace in Nepal.

Aiding peace in post-earthquake Nepal

Last week, International Alert hosted a special fundraising night and Peace Talks on ‘Aiding peace in post-earthquake Nepal’. The event raised £2,500, which will all go towards supporting our peacebuilding work in Nepal, in particular our efforts to ensure post-earthquake reconstruction in the country is fair and contributes to peace.

It was a hugely entertaining evening. A fascinating discussion was followed by Nepali food and music, as well as a raffle and even an impromptu auction. This photostory shows some of the highlights.

Peace Talks: Aiding peace in post-earthquake Nepal

Nepal is still suffering the effects of its 10-year armed conflict, with many underlying causes of the conflict, such as poverty and inequality, yet to be fully addressed. When the country was hit by a series of devastating earthquakes recently, communities around Nepal quickly pulled together to help one another, while people around the world donated funds.

But in countries like Nepal, experience shows that large amounts of aid can do harm as well as good. How can aid and reconstruction efforts be delivered in a way that minimises conflict and fosters lasting peace?

Conflict-sensitive employment in Afghanistan

This research project looks at the drivers and challenges of conflict-sensitive employment (CSE) strategies and investment in the labour intensive construction, infrastructure and transport sectors in Afghanistan. We also work in close cooperation with companies to run pilot schemes and develop concrete strategies on CSE, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups. We will also work to embed and advocate for CSE in investment strategies in Afghanistan and beyond.