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05 November 2018

21-year-old Dooma not only lost a child, but had to abandon another in order to escape Boko Haram captivity and be free.

05 November 2018

20-year-old Ganna was sixteen when Boko Haram attacked her home town of Bombem, Nigeria, taking her and several other girls hostage.

05 November 2018

The only thing keeping Abdul alive is hope. Hope that one day his daughters will return home from Boko Haram captivity.

01 November 2018

International Alert’s discussion clubs on religion and democracy in Kyrgyzstan continued in October with the issue of real and imagined Islamophobia in Bishkek.

29 October 2018

Increased dialogue between authorities, the civil socirty and governemt forces parties "is responsible for the reduction in crime and killings."

29 October 2018

Encouraging youth in Democratic Republic of Congo to get involved in community activities, to provide them with an opportunity to earn a living, but perhaps more crucially, it ensures they are not manipulated into join rebel ranks.

26 October 2018

This video provides an overview of our project in Lebanon to give Syrian refugees and Lebanese protection and employment assistance so as to mitigate conflict.

A veteran learns to walk with a new bionic leg. © Oleksandr Rupeta/Alamy
24 October 2018

If Ukraine is to build a cohesive society, it needs to act urgently to reintegrate its veterans.

24 October 2018

Respect for human rights needs to be at the heart of programmes that aim to prevent violent extremism (PVE).

19 October 2018

The conflicting parties in the Nagorny Karabakh dispute need to better communicate with their own people about how piece can be achieved, if they are serious about resolving the dispute through political means.

17 October 2018

The Nagorny Karabakh conflict has affected people across the region so deeply that it has become a key part of their identity, according to a recent study by the peacebuilding organisation International Alert.

Religion not the only cause of Marawi war, report says
02 October 2018

Inter- and intra-religious violence was not the main cause of the war in Marawi and violent extremist activities in surrounding areas, according to International Alert's conflict monitoring system "Conflict Alert".

Photo: A villager talks about community forest management in Shan state. © U Aung Naing Oo/International Alert
01 October 2018

Conducting research to improve conflict prevention and peacebuilding programmes comes with its share of challenges. Ilona Howard, consortium manager for the Peace Research Partnership, outlines some of the ethical and practical challenges researchers face and what we can do to address them.

21 September 2018

The majority of Lebanese people are optimistic about prospects for peace and security in their country, according to a global survey commissioned by International Alert and the British Council.

21 September 2018

Criminal violence and terrorism are the top security concerns among Filipinos, according to a survey of 15 countries commissioned by International Alert and the British Council. This is followed by ‘violence from state authorities’.

21 September 2018

Over a third of Americans are pessimistic about prospects for peace and security in their country, according to a global survey commissioned by International Alert and the British Council.

UK most pessimistic about prospects for peace in global poll
21 September 2018

The UK has emerged as the most pessimistic country regarding its future peace prospects in a survey of 15 countries commissioned by the British Council and International Alert.

21 September 2018

People in more peaceful countries are more pessimistic about prospects for peace than those in conflict environments, according to a survey of 15 countries commissioned by International Alert and the British Council.  

21 September 2018

Even without being able to find the word in a dictionary, people understand what peacebuilding is and what a vital role it can play in helping address conflict and violence. It is now time for political leaders and policy-makers to respect the public perspective on how best to deal with the root causes of conflict. Inclusion in the dictionary is a small but vital first step in getting peacebuilding the greater political support it deserves.

21 September 2018

A global coalition of charities are celebrating the UN International Day of Peace by campaigning for the word ‘peacebuilding’ to be included in the dictionary.