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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.

Island trading in the Philippines

Women traders in the Philippines province of Sulu met in the island’s capital, Jolo, on 28 February, to discuss legalising their trade.

The women make their living by selling Malaysian-made goods without government permits. The province’s proximity to what is now Malaysia’s northernmost state, Sabah, has facilitated an age-old trade between traders from the two communities.

Promoting peaceful development in Myanmar

Myanmar is a country in transition. Since 2010, a series of democratic reforms have opened up the country to new opportunities. There is hope that this process might bring about the social, economic and political reforms necessary to finally establish conditions for peace in the country, after decades of civil war and authoritarian rule.

What’s diaspora got to do with it?

A new background paper by International Alert, What’s diaspora got to do with it?, reflects on our experiences of engaging Sri Lanka’s diaspora communities in peacebuilding in their country of heritage, Sri Lanka, and their country of residence, the UK.

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.