Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2019

This report comes at a time of great uncertainty. But one thing is certain: peacebuilding is needed now more than ever.

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 (policies, structures, etc.): 18% of results