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In Europe we address community tensions and violence in the UK, and train European government officials on their role in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

Planting the seeds of peace

The war in Ukraine has caused over 9,000 deaths and exposed large parts of the population to disruption, dislocation, injury and often extreme violence. One of the effects of this, as in all violent conflicts, is long-term psychological harm. To build any sustainable peace in the country, this harm needs to be healed, both at an individual and societal level.

What are we doing in Ukraine?

(Русский) This blog was first published on the Huffington Post under the title 'Peacebuilding in Ukraine'. When discussing International Alert's work in conflict regions with colleagues, associates, donors, etc., I sometimes feel that we understand each other so well. We are able to communicate the content of our work and analysis of the context using just a few words or phrases that might sound nonsensical to a normal human ear. We are so closely integrated that we have started to conceptualise our ideas through our jargon.

Psychosocial seeds for peace

This project aims to assist the reintegration and recovery of groups severely affected by the conflict in Ukraine and, in doing so, rebuild social cohesion in the country – an essential ingredient for longer-term peace. This includes strengthening mental health and psychosocial recovery efforts, empowering civic activists, and supporting research and dialogue platforms, helping to strengthen peacebuilding at both the community and national levels.

Our response to UK vote on Syria airstrikes

International Alert regrets the UK government's decision to go ahead with airstrikes in Syria.

#peacehack 2015

In September, International Alert ran its first international #peacehack series, with hackathons taking place in Barcelona, Beirut, Colombo, London and Washington DC. We're pleased to announce the winners below.


Winner: Safegees


Promoting positive voices in diaspora communities

The ‘Promoting positive voices in diaspora communities’ project was undertaken from June 2011–14 and was a partnership between Alert and two development education centres (DECs): Lancashire Global Education Centre and Global Education Derby, as well as Y Care International and YMCA Hayes. The project activities were targeted at young people from diaspora communities in three localities in England: London, Derby and Brierfield.

Violent extremism in the UK: A plea for evidence-based policy

"If No. 10 says bloody 'evidence-based policy' to me one more time I'll deck them," said Louise Casey, a British government official working in social welfare, back in 2008. Yesterday, she was asked by Prime Minister David Cameron to head up a "review of ways to boost opportunity and integration in the most isolated and deprived communities" in Britain.