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In Latin America we work to mitigate the conflict risks and impacts of the growing number of national and multinational extractive companies operating in the region.

We strengthen the capacity of communities and civil society organisations in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to understand and better exercise their rights. This includes working to improve dialogue and trust between them and government agencies and the extractive and agricultural industries. We also increase the political participation of marginalised groups affected by large-scale investment, such as indigenous communities.

Our work is important because it helps businesses to understand and manage the risks and impacts of their operations in Latin America, and to adapt their policies and work in a way which is sensitive to conflict and respects human rights.

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.

Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding

Understanding the relationship between gender and power dynamics and identities, as well as the different needs and vulnerabilities of girls and women, boys and men, but also of sexual and gender minorities, is essential to peacebuilding.
Based on a three-year research project focusing on Burundi, Colombia, Nepal and Uganda, this animation examines what this can mean in practice in terms of access to justice, addressing different forms of violence, economic recovery, and inter-generational conflict.

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


community leaders in Peru who we helped to train in conflict prevention and resolution are now using their skills to support around 60,000 people in their local communities.