We remain in the midst of an unfolding tragedy, with more than 157 million people in nearly 200 countries having been infected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), resulting in over three million deaths.
COVID-19’s impact has been staggering, shuttering cities and nations, crippling economies and transforming everyday life for billions of people. What COVID-19 did not shut down in 2020 was conflict and war. For many, especially women, COVID-19 also resulted in a ‘shadow pandemic’ of domestic violence.
Like many organisations, International Alert spent much of 2020 unable to work in the ways to which we have become accustomed. This necessitated new innovative approaches from our headquarters and country teams – our people responded to the challenge with conviction and creativity.
Our teams in Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria and the Philippines designed new projects to actively address unique conflict dynamics caused by COVID-19; others, such as our DRC and Lebanon teams, adapted their existing work to take account of this new context.
Their hard work and dedication let International Alert continue to deliver high-quality peacebuilding across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Activities last year
314 dialogue meetings, supporting 28,779 people
258 trainings, capacity-building and mentoring, supporting 33,311 people
170 advocacy and outreach, supporting 73,234 people
342 other activities, supporting 51,906 people
In 2020, we ran a total of 76 projects in 21 countries and territories, with training, research or one-off consultancies and business partnerships in a further 15.Read more
We regularly ask community members, local partners, companies and governments we work with about what worked best and what we can do better.Read more
We speak to those we have supported about their experiences of conflict and what effect peacebuilding has had on their lives and in their communities.Read more