International Alert launches European headquarters in The Hague

Leading peacebuilding charity International Alert has launched its European Headquarters in The Hague.

International Alert Europe was officially launched in The Hague on 6 November 2018. It is intended to offer Alert possibilities of new partnerships, as well as access to EU funding.

Hans Bolscher has been appointed as Chair of International Alert Europe. He is a senior adviser on climate, energy and international development, with extensive experience in the Dutch government, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Max Havelaar Foundation.

Harriet Lamb, CEO of International Alert said: “We are delighted to launch our European headquarters in The Hague. As a peacebuilding organisation, we are attracted by the city’s focus on peace and justice and it seems like a natural home for us. We are very excited by the possibilities of new partnerships especially given The Hague’s focus on supporting diverse organisations to come together, form partnerships and foster innovation.”

Hans Bolscher said: “The launch of International Alert Europe could not have come at a more urgent time. Globally, conflict is on the rise, and it is now more important than ever to understand the root causes of conflict, so we can tackle them. International Alert has shown some excellent examples of how, together with local partners, we can understand those root causes, reduce tensions and build peace.”

International Alert is currently advertising for the first post to be based in The Hague and expects to gradually grow the office over the coming years.

Speaking at the launch event was Birgitta Tazelaar, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), who have for a number of years generously funded some of International Alert’s peacebuilding work.

In setting up the office, International Alert was provided valuable support by the Municipality of The Hague and the West Holland Investment Agency.

International Alert has already established a new partnership with the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation and hopes to use the membership of this group to engage with others across the Netherlands to find innovative solutions to increase the impact and reduce the costs of humanitarian aid.