This report comes at a time of great uncertainty.
Violence and poverty sadly remain endemic and social division is on the rise. Questions are being raised about the benefits of wider international cooperation. Now the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is spreading across the globe with an ever-climbing death toll.
While much is unknown about what lies ahead, one thing is certain: the programmes and activities carried out by International Alert and our partners in the peacebuilding sector are needed now more than ever.
From Mali to Afghanistan to the Philippines, our teams – working directly with our partners and local communities – are helping promote peace not only at the grassroots level, but also nationally, regionally and globally.
As a global community, we must not lose sight of the importance of global solidarity in the face of today’s manifold challenges. Peacebuilding focuses on increasing understanding, trust and social cohesion. We are committed to striving in partnership to safeguard and build upon the development gains and steps towards peace realised to date and to ensure that peacebuilding is an integral part of global efforts to respond to the pandemic.
What we achieved
In 2019, we ran projects in 21 countries and territories, with training, research or one-off consultancies and business partnerships in a further 18. In total, we implemented 114 projects, 21 of which took place in multiple regions.
Throughout the year, together with our partners, we engaged and supported 276,301 people through the following activities:
- 335 dialogue meetings
- 263 trainings, capacity-building and mentoring
- 116 advocacy and outreach
- 109 other activities
Of those who attended, 52% were women and 47% were men, with just under 1% of people identifying as ‘other’ or preferring not to reveal their gender identity.
Our activities resulted in the following type of changes in individuals, institutions and societies – whether direct or indirect:
- Changes in knowledge and attitudes: 41% of results
- Changes in behaviour and processes: 41% of results
- Changes in conditions (e.g. policies, structures, etc.): 18% of results
What we worked on
Under our current strategy (2019–2023), our programme results are reported against five thematic goals.
Assessing trends and commonalities across geographical regions and themes helps us to understand our wider peacebuilding impact.
Follow the links below to read some key highlights of our impact during 2019:
- To strengthen communities’ voices and their capacity to reduce violence, in particular by working with disadvantaged women and young people
- To harness the private sector to support inclusive peace
- To promote fairness, inclusion and justice in national governance systems (including security), to support peace and to address the root causes of conflict (including structural inequalities)
- To support inclusive peace processes and wider peacebuilding initiatives
- To champion gender and conflict sensitivity in ways that contribute to peace, including in our own work
You can also read snapshots about three of our key projects in 2019:
- Strengthening security governance in Mali
- Increasing dialogue on religion and democracy in Kyrgyzstan
- Supporting female journalists in Afghanistan
- Date:June 2020