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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.

Investing in peace in Myanmar

International Alert has contributed to a two-day workshop with the private sector in Myanmar exploring how the adoption of responsible business practices is crucial to supporting sustainable development in the country.

Media for social cohesion

International Alert is collaborating with Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights (JDHR) to promote more plural, objective and ethical media reporting in Pakistan.

The partnership, which was marked by representatives from Alert and JDHR jointly signing a Memorandum of Understanding in May, aims to engage the media in Pakistan with citizens to promote and protect human rights, democracy and social cohesion in the country.

Improving disaster response

International Alert has launched its report Building back better or restoring inequalities? in Kathmandu, Nepal through a joint event involving several civil society partners.

From excitement to vigilance: Post-election prospects for peace in the Philippines

This month’s presidential election in the Philippines was the most violent in recent memory, with the Commission on Human Rights receiving more than 230 reports of election-related offenses, up from 109 during the 2013 elections and 160 during the 2010 elections. Candidates and their supporters jostled with one another to shout the loudest, particularly on social media. However, after results were released, though partial and unofficial, vicious politicking soon quieted as it became clear who the electorate had chosen as their next set of leaders.

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.

Recovering from Nepal’s earthquake: It’s not only the ‘what’, but also the ‘how’ that matters

One year ago, Nepal was devastated by a major earthquake that took over 8,700 lives and caused widespread destruction to 14 of the country’s 75 districts. One major and countless smaller aftershocks added to the carnage, casualties and immense trauma that people experienced. While on this day we want to honour and remember the lives that were lost, it is also a time to reflect on how to support those that are still picking up the pieces of their former homes, communities and livelihoods.  

Local development in Myanmar

This project aims to support the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to integrate conflict sensitivity and social cohesion responsiveness into poverty eradication and local development programmes in Myanmar. We will provide knowledge-management, capacity development and policy support, including researching international and Myanmar-specific good practice, designing and delivering training to national actors, and designing an indicator framework for conflict-sensitive and social-cohesion responsive local development in Myanmar.

Alert's partner urges Malaysia to re-open trade border with southern Philippines

Sulu, Philippines, 16 April 2016: The Malaysian government must "immediately reopen" its borders in Sabah to travelers and commercial traders from southern Philippines, according to International Alert's partner Lupah Sug Bangsamoro Women Association Inc. The association also called on the Philippine government to engage in dialogue with Malaysia and "take collaborative and nuanced actions to address security and economic issues in its shared borders".

Challenging stereotypes, promoting reconciliation

On Wednesday 16 March in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, International Alert in partnership with the British Council hosted a public screening of three episodes from its six-episode film series