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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.

Aman Hamara Haq – Our right to peace

Every year, 21 September is observed globally as the International Day of Peace.

A leap forward

Last month International Alert, in close collaboration with the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), organised a series of three-day trainings for private sector and national and international civil society organisations on conflict-sensitive business initiatives.

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Fragile reforms

This study highlights a range of insights and opportunities to enhance how the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank approach project financing in fragile and conflict-affected situations.

Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding

Understanding the relationship between gender and power dynamics and identities, as well as the different needs and vulnerabilities of girls and women, boys and men, but also of sexual and gender minorities, is essential to peacebuilding.
 
Based on a three-year research project focusing on Burundi, Colombia, Nepal and Uganda, this animation examines what this can mean in practice in terms of access to justice, addressing different forms of violence, economic recovery, and inter-generational conflict.
 

Creating safer districts for women in Pakistan

This project aims to address the causes of sexual violence against women at the personal, household, community and societal levels in Pakistan. This includes positively influencing the mind-sets and attitudes of men and women, fostering a culture of respect and a sense of security. It will also lobby legislatures and policy-makers to commit to taking positive actions to curb sexual violence, and engage with communities (‘rights holders’) and the state (‘duty bearers’) to develop a model for prevention.

Theatre for peace

Earlier this year International Alert organised a six-day training workshop in Lahore, Pakistan entitled ‘Theatre Development’, on how to use theatre to spread awareness of issues relating to sexual violence against women in the country.  

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The business of peace

International Alert’s Programme Manager for South and Southeast Asia, Markus Mayer, recently met with key officials from major national and multinational companies operating in Pakistan, to discuss the role they can play in supporting peace in the country.

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Developing peace

Last month International Alert co-organised a one-day workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan on the importance of conflict-sensitivity in development programmes.

The session, held on 26 May, was for members of the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Alliance, including representatives from the Aurat Foundation, Norwegian Church Aid, National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and Oxfam.  

Politics for the next generation

A broad youth coalition should be established in Sri Lanka’s parliament to help address the issues of young people and the wider society, says the Young Political Leaders Forum of Sri Lanka (YPLFSL), a group supported by International Alert.

Shining a light on the shadows

Peace will only be sustainable in Mindanao if policy-makers and NGOs start paying greater attention to the role that shadow economies play in the conflict, we argue in our latest policy briefs from the Philippines.

Mindanao is the second largest island in the Philippines and the centre of a nearly five-decade-long separatist struggle. Last year we published a study on the role that shadow economies play in the conflict and any prospective peace process.