International Alert works with people directly affected by conflict to build lasting peace. Together, we believe peace is within our power. We focus on solving the root causes of conflict, bringing together people from across divides. From the grassroots to policy level, we come together to build everyday peace.
Peace is just as much about communities living together, side by side, and resolving their differences without resorting to violence as it is about people signing a treaty or laying down their arms.
That is why we believe that we all have a role to play in building a more peaceful future.
In 2018, we ran projects in 21 countries and territories, with training, research or one-off consultancies in a further 21. In total, we implemented 93 projects and consultancies.
Throughout the year, together with our partners, we engaged and supported 143,404 people through dialogue, training, advocacy, accompaniment, research and outreach activities. Of these, 43% (62,135) were men and 57% (81,117) were women, with 152 people identifying as ‘other’.
As in previous years, most activities organised by Alert were dialogue meetings (436), while we also organised 274 trainings and other capacity-building activities, and 98 advocacy and outreach initiatives.
- 34% of our work improved relations within and between communities
- 24% of our work improved citizen–state relations
- 16% of our work improved gender relations for peace
- 10% of our work ensured economic development supports peace
Most of our work focused on governance and state–citizen relations, conflict sensitivity and gender. Compared to 2017, projects have increasingly focused on youth, human rights, economic development and livelihoods, security, DDR (Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration), and refugees and displacements.
Our Strategic Perspective 2015–19 outlined six interlinked ‘pathways to peace’ where we can have the greatest impact and add the most value. They also allow us to capture knowledge and replicate our programming more effectively. They are:
- improve relations within and between communities
- improve citizen–state relations
- improve gender relations
- reduce the impact of crime on instability and violence
- address the links between climate change and insecurity, and improve natural resource management
- ensure economic development supports peace
Almost all the activities were carried out in collaboration with our civil society, governmental, intergovernmental or business partners.
Since 2017, together with our local partners, we have reached over 19,000 people, including women and girls, youth and religious leaders, community members and local government officials. Our focus has been to ensure that survivors are seen not just as victims but as key players in their own recovery.Read more
As one of the few international NGOs with a legal mandate from the Government of Nepal to work on security and justice issues, Alert in partnership with the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) brought journalists together to increase the media’s freedom of expression and pluralism, reduce threats to journalists and promote marginalised voices.Read more
For 20 years, Alert has worked with the private sector to promote conflict-sensitive business practices and the role of the private sector in peacebuilding. This comes from the belief that when working in conflict affected areas you have to work with all stakeholders, including those impacted by and impacting conflict, to build peace.Read more