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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.

Court in the community

Attendees at the court in the community eventLast month International Alert held a 'court in the community' event in Lalitpur district, central Nepal, to increase public awareness of and trust in the formal justice system.

Seizing opportunities in Sri Lanka

Over the past few months, Sri Lanka has experienced something of a political tsunami, with Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government being voted out of office in January. With Maithripala Sirisena as the new president, space is gradually opening for greater engagement for critically discussing government policy and issues of reconciliation.

Promoting development in Pakistan

International Alert has published two papers on the potential role that the private sector can play in promoting cohesive and sustainable development in Pakistan, with a particular focus on the mining industry.

Gender-responsive justice

Nepal has a complex informal justice system, with an array of traditional, indigenous and religious mechanisms. This system contributes massively to enhancing access to justice in the country, especially for rural, poor and marginalised people.

Conflict data in the Philippines

Data on conflicts in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the Philippines will now be available online, with the launch of the Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS) website.

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.