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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.

Social integration of migrant communities in Pakistan

Last month International Alert held sessions with community elders and members of the panchayat (a form of local self-government) from Jacobabad and Kashmore districts in Sindh province, Pakistan, to increase their awareness and knowledge of the formal justice system in the country.

State–citizen relations in Pakistan

Last month International Alert organised a series of training workshops for members of the formal justice and security sectors in Jacobabad and Kashmore districts in Sindh province, Pakistan, to strengthen their knowledge of the key fundamentals of human rights, the rule of law and conflict-sensitivity.

Sri Lanka election – what next?

On 26 December 2014, Sri Lanka commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Asian tsunami. It was quite a muted affair given its symbolic place in history, largely overshadowed by an unwanted presidential election campaign. No one, though, would have predicted the political tsunami that saw close to 82% of people take part in the election on 8 January; saw a new president voted in; the army refuse to instigate a coup and the incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa having to concede defeat when only 3 million of an estimated 15 million votes had been counted.

Seizing the new opportunity for peacebuilding in Sri Lanka

Now that we’ve had a little time to digest the democratic ouster of Mahinda Rajapaksa by Maithripala Sirisena as president of Sri Lanka on 8 January, what are the peacebuilding opportunities and challenges? Rajapaksa’s regime was effective in many ways: it had defeated the 25-year Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebellion in a crushing military victory in 2009; it implemented a great deal of infrastructure improvement, including in the war-ruined north; attracted much inward investment from elsewhere in the region; and improved living conditions for the growing middle class.

Recipe for peace: Aloo pakauda (NEPAL)

As part of our Recipes for Peace series, each week we feature an inspiring dish to celebrate the varied – and tasty – ways in which food can play a role in building peace.

Aloo pakauda with tomato achar (NEPAL)

Climate change in Pakistan

A recent consultation held by International Alert on Climate Change, Security and Conflict in Islamabad, Pakistan acknowledged that poor resource management and changes in climate are crucial components of current and potential tensions in both the country and wider region.

Sexual violence, abuse and child marriages in Pakistan

International Alert recently held two consultations in Pakistan which brought together women and experts from diverse backgrounds to discuss the tradition of early and forced marriages and its link with different forms of sexual violence.

The importance of new approaches to gender in peacebuilding

A broader understanding of gender and the different needs of women, men and gender or sexual minorities is essential to peacebuilding, according to new findings by International Alert, presented in a series of reports entitled Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding.