War in Syria. War in Yemen. War in Afghanistan. Major conflict continuing in Iraq, Somalia, Congo, Nigeria and Mali. Burning disputes in at least two dozen more locations, ranging from Ukraine and Kashmir, to Myanmar and Colombia.
Around the world, peoples in crisis – and their neighbours – struggle to live with the daunting consequences of violence: economic, social and political upheaval, unprecedented refugee flows, and widespread suffering and loss of life.
They desperately need help. But is there a solution? What can realistically be done to prevent fighting, contain tensions and advance peace?
One answer is to empower people to resolve their differences peacefully and to beat the drum for managing any conflict that does arise with compassion and wisdom, not anger and violence. Coupled with this is the importance of fostering forgiveness and reconciliation; helping groups come to terms with others who engaged in earlier clashes.
These activities centre around breaking cycles of violence and building cycles of peace – the thrust of International Alert’s new five-year strategy. Our goal is to make peacebuilding become so familiar at the community, national and international level that it develops a self-reinforcing, self-perpetuating momentum of its own.
Our programmes include: reducing land-related conflicts in the DRC; building the capacity of journalists in the South Caucasus to provide peoplefocused, conflict-sensitive reporting; encouraging young Nigerian leaders to stop stigmatising those returning from Boko Haram captivity; helping maintain a conflict-monitoring system in the Bangsamoro (Philippines); and promoting the inclusion of marginalised groups in the Tunisian democratic process.
Alert is doing all it can to break cycles of violence and help communities around the world build lasting and sustainable peace.
What we achieved
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.
What we worked on
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.
- Date:May 2019