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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.

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

Peacebuilding in the Philippines

International Alert's CEO Harriet Lamb made her first country visit to the Philippines in February, to gain a first-hand and in-depth understanding of our work in the region.

A constitution for peace

On 10 February, International Alert facilitated a roundtable discussion in London with British Sri Lankans, to share insights and discuss inputs on the ongoing process of constitutional reform in Sri Lanka.

The meeting was headed by Dr Asanga Welikala, a constitutional law expert from the University of Edinburgh, who provided a detailed overview of the process and outlined some of the substantive challenges it will have to overcome if a new constitution is to be enacted successfully.

Keep the peace in the Philippines

International Alert welcomes the commitment by the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to sustain the peace process despite the non-passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during the current Congress.