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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.

A voice less heard

International Alert recently facilitated a workshop in Colombo on ‘Women in politics in Sri Lanka: Challenges to meaningful participation’, to find ways to remove the barriers to women entering politics in the country.

Attendees included MPs representing the Young Political Leaders Forum of Sri Lanka (YPLFSL), provincial councillors, political activists at the local government level, civil society representatives, women’s rights activists, professionals from both the state and private sector, and other experts.

What do we mean by gender?

Read the report, Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding, hereInternational Alert’s new report, Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding, calls for a more nuanced understanding of the role gender plays

Business matters

International Alert has published an article on the role that business can play in supporting peace in Pakistan, in the latest issue of the journal, Business, Peace and Sustainable Development.

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Engineering peace

Infrastructure is a growth sector and emerging markets present massive opportunities for investment. Yet any investment carries with it certain risks, especially in countries affected by conflict. Our project, ‘Engineering peace’, aims to reduce the impact that engineering companies have on communities and their ability to adapt to climate change.

Bridging the gap

Delegation of Sri Lankan MPs in LondonLast month International Alert facilitated a visit by a group of young cross-party Sri Lankan MPs to London, as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen engagement with Sri Lankan diaspora communities in the UK.

Peacebuilding in Pakistan

Prof. Dr Murtaza Jafri and Haris Qayyum sign the memorandum of understanding

Prof. Dr Murtaza Jafri and Haris Qayyum sign the memorandum of understandingThis year started on a very positive note for our Pakistan team with a new partnership with the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore, one of Pakistan’s leading academic institutions.

On shrimp, salt and security

A woman in the Gabura region of Bangladesh catches shrimp. Photo by Oxfam GB/International

A woman in the Gabura region of Bangladesh catches shrimp. Photo by Oxfam GB/InternationalThis month, International Alert published an article in the journal Environment, Development and Sustainability on the effect of environmental risks on people’s livelihoods in Bangladesh and India, and responses to these risks.