About Insight on Conflict

Insight on Conflict is published by Peace Direct as a resource on local peacebuilding around the world.

Guide to peacebuilding organisations

Browse our listings of over 800 peacebuilding organisations across 25 different conflict-affected regions.

Commentary and ideas

Our blog is updated twice a week with articles on peacebuilding from our correspondents and guest contributors.

Peacebuilding resources

Our newsletters can keep you updated on the latest new research on peacebuilding, and we have background information on conflict issues with guides for further research.

About Peace Direct

We believe that local people have the power to find their own solutions to conflict. Our mission is to help them to make this happen.Peace Direct was born out of a passion to provide local peacebuilders, often risking their lives on the front line of conflict, with the resources they need to carry out their work. But Peace Direct’s own contribution will always be limited. In addition to what we can do on our own, we also need to shift the balance of power and resources in the wider world – towards those who have the deep local knowledge of a conflict and its causes, the moral authority to challenge people to change, and the long-term commitment to fight for peace.

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Support Insight on Conflict

Peace Direct runs this website as a free resource for anyone interested in the work of civil society and peacebuilders in parts of the world affected by conflict. We want to keep this resource free, but do need to raise funds to cover the costs of hosting the site and having a network of Local Correspondents. If you have found Insight on Conflict to be useful. Please help us to keep the show on the road by making a donation.

Our team

Insight on Conflict is published by Peace Direct. We have two staff members working on Insight on Conflict, plus a team of Local Correspondents reporting on local peacebuilding from around the world.

Programme Manager: Ruairi Nolan

Ruairi Nolan oversees overall management of Insight on Conflict, including coordinating the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competition. Ruairi also manages relationships with Peace Direct’s partner organisations in Asia. He has an MSc in Latin American Studies and has worked in rural development in Central America, at Irish Aid and at the UNESCO Centre at the University of Ulster. Contact: ruairi@peacedirect.org

Website Editor: Joel Gabri

Joel handles the day-to-day running of both the Peace Direct site and Insight on Conflict. He has a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies and Politics, with his final year dissertation focusing on how the Internet can be used to promote and assist conflict resolution. Contact: joel@peacedirect.org

Project Manager: Kevin McCann

Kevin is responsible for research on Insight on Conflict – identifying and profiling local organisations working in conflict zones around the world. With experience in political media and of working in several different countries, he joined Peace Direct after completing an MA in International Security at Sussex University, where he focused on the security politics of the Sahel. Contact: kevin@peacedirect.org

Local Correspondents

In order to maintain accurate information on peacebuilding around the world, we have a team of Local Correspondents around the world. Our Local Correspondents provide expertise in the issues affecting their regions and also research and prepare the profiles on the organisations featured on this site. To contact any Local Correspondent, please email info@insightonconflict.org and let us know how we can help.

Afghanistan - Mariam Safi

Mariam Safi is one of the few female researchers and experts from Afghanistan who has contributed widely in the field of rule of law and human security from a local grassroots perspective. She was Deputy Director of the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (2010-2012), Kabul; she co-founded the Afghanistan Justice Organization’s Strategic Studies Program where she worked as its Director (2013-2014), Kabul; and is the founding Executive Director of the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies based in Kabul (2013-current), Kabul. She has an MA in international peace studies from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace.

Burundi - Landry Ninteretse

Landry Ninteretse is one of the co-founders of Action for Peace and Development, an organisation set up to increase the participation of young people in the social and political life of Burundi. He has a particular interest in environmental issues and works with 350.org, an international global grassroots movement working towards just, science-based solutions to climate change. Landry speaks Kirundi, English, French and Swahili. Landry’s hobbies include reading, traveling, nature walks, and discovering new cultures.

Colombia - Hasan Dodwell

Hasan is an advocate of international solidarity, working in London, Washington and Colombia on projects for the advancement of peace, human rights and social justice in Colombia. He is an ex-member of the International Peace Observatory (IPO), spending several years offering physical accompaniment to grass roots Colombian organisations. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Peace Studies from the Autonomous University in Barcelona and a BA in War Studies from King’s College London.

DR Congo - Alana Poole

Alana Poole works with the Programmes department at the Life and Peace Institute (LPI) in Bukavu, eastern DR Congo. Before this she spent eight months with local peacebuilding NGO Fondation Chirezi in eastern DRC as head of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) on their community-led justice projects. Alana previously worked with the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) in the West Bank, interned as Conflict Researcher with Peace Direct, and holds an MA distinction in Peace and Conflict Studies from Bristol, UK.

Guatemala - Soluciones Comunitarias

Information on peacebuilding organisations in Guatemala is provided by Soluciones Comunitarias, a socially-driven organisation, focused on combating socio-economic problems in rural areas. Soluciones Comunitarias operate in over ten departments of Guatemala offering affordable products that improve health conditions in rural communities. Working within the model of ‘Microconsignment’, Soluciones Comunitarias uses local ideas and local Guatemalans to provide products and services to reach the final mile, where no other organisations have been before.

Iraq - Benoite Martin

Benoite has been working as an independent consultant in Iraq since 2004. Working closely with local organisations, she has focused on building their capacity through supporting them all along the project cycle and ensuring their representation to the international community.

Kashmir - Ashima Kaul

Ashima Kaul is a founder-member of Yakjah Peace and Reconciliation Network, a network of Kashmiri professionals working on reconciliation, and youth and women’s empowerment.. An independent journalist by profession, she has participated in a number of national and international conferences and training programmes related to women’s leadership, peace and security, conflict resolution, intra-Kashmir dialogue and peacebuilding. She has an active interest in inter-faith dialogue. As a founder member of Control Arms Foundation India she is also working on gun control, proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Jammu and Kashmir.

Liberia - Nat Walker

Nat B. Walker is Insight on Conflict Local Correspondent in Liberia. Nat Walker serves as an advisory board member and local champion of the Local First approach to development. He is a peacebuilding and development consultant working in Liberia. He is currently leading the development of a Conflict Early Warning and Early Response system in Liberia while helping the Liberia Peace Building Office with policy advice on the national reconciliation process. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Kofi Annan Institute of Conflict Transformation at the University of Liberia.

Mali, Ivory Coast - Daniel Ozoukou

Daniel Ozoukou is a Political Analyst. He holds a MA degree in Languages and Humanities and a post graduate degree in political science, and International Human Rights. He has published many articles on governance, democracy and peace issues, and appeared on TV and Radio; including the Sahar International TV (Iran) VOA (USA), and Radio Côte d'Ivoire.

Myanmar - John Bainbridge

John Bainbridge has been working in Myanmar since 2012 supporting civil society groups from across the country in governance, human rights, protection and peacebuilding projects. Before this (2009-2012) he worked for Peace Direct as an International Programmes Officer, supporting peacebuilding groups in Nepal, Pakistan, Burundi and DR Congo. He has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Nepal - Ambika Pokhrel

Ambika Pokhrel is our Local Correspondent in Nepal. She has significant experience working in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, as well as conflict transformation, women's peace and security, and collaborative leadership and dialogue.

Niger - Oumarou Gado

Oumarou Gado has ten years’ experience as a professional journalist in Niger, including radio, television and print work. He works for the radio and television group Saraounia à Niame and is the founder and editor of a weekly newspaper La Flamme (The Flame), which publishes opinion and analysis pieces. Working in this field has given Gado an excellent overview of social and political issues in Niger. He has also started an initiative to introduce journalism to local representatives of rural communities.

Nigeria - Michael Olufemi Sodipo

Michael Olufemi Sodipo works as Project Coordinator for the Peace Initiative Network, a Nigerian peacebuilding organisation which since 2004 has been conducting a range of peace education, advocacy, and training activities in schools and through extracurricular programmes in several northern Nigerian states. He has spoken widely on the role of civil society organisations in promoting peace among diverse youth populations, including at conferences in Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Jordan, and the United States. Michael has also travelled with graduates of the Peace Initiative Network programmes, including for a youth parliamentary debate in Great Britain’s House of Commons.

Pakistan - Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed

Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed received his PhD from the University of New England (UNE) in Australia and has MA degrees in Peace Education and Sociology. Currently, he is an academic teaching international relations and conflict resolution in Islamabad, Pakistan. Previously, he has taught Asian Studies at University of New England, and Charles Sturt University in Australia. Since 2003, he has been working with local and international development agencies in South Asia, in particular in Pakistan, on various peacebuilding and development projects.

Rwanda - Jean de Dieu Basabose

Jean de Dieu Basabose has more than 10 years of experience in peacebuilding work and has facilitated numerous trainings and workshops revolving around his work. Jean co-founded and co-directs a peace education organisation called Shalom Educating for Peace, and he holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.

South Sudan - Khamis Cosmas

Khamis Cosmas Lokudu is a co-founder of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, a South Sudanese peacebuilding organisation. Khamis started serving CEPO as Peace and Conflict Mitigation officer from 2009 to 2012 and currently is since 2013 has been a Program Officer. Khamis is a holder of a Diploma in Communication and Public Relations and is pursuing BA of Mass Communication at Cavendish University of Uganda.

Sri Lanka - Nilanjana Premaratna

Nilanjana Premaratna has worked and volunteered for several years in the country as a practitioner and a researcher. Nilanjana has a Master of International Studies from the University of Queensland and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Queensland. Her current work also bridges peacebuilding and conflict resolution research with ground level activism. She is particularly interested in peacebuilding through culture at the ground level. Nilanjana speaks Sinhala and English.

Uganda - Stephen Oola

Mr. Stephen Oola is a Uganda National, an Advocate in the High Court of Uganda. He heads the Conflict, Transitional Justice and Governance Programme at the Refugee Law Project (RLP), a leading Centre for Justice and Forced Migrant, based at the Makerere University School of Law, Kampala. A Pre-doctoral scholar at University of Antwerp, Belgium, Oola holds a LLB (Hons) Degree from Makerere University and an MA in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, USA.

Thailand - Ismail Wolff

Ismail Wolff, a Bangkok-based journalist and human rights advocate, has been working in human rights and politics in South East Asia for over a decade. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights and Southeast Asia Correspondent for France 24. His journalism work has appeared on France 24, the New York Times, the Guardian, National Geographic, The Australian, Bangkok Post, as well as CNN, BBC and Reuters, among others. He is the Thailand and Myanmar/Burma Correspondent for IoC.

Western Balkans - Mirjana Kosić

Mirjana Kosić is executive director of TransConflict, an organisation undertaking conflict transformation projects and research throughout the Western Balkans. Mirjana is also an academic assistant at SIT Study Abroad programme “Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans“, where she delivers lectures focusing on conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Dayton Peace Agreement, and the role of international community in post-war reconstruction and state-building. Mirjana holds an MA from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bologna.

Our approach

Why ‘Insight on Conflict’?

Insight on Conflict provides information on local peacebuilding organisations in areas of conflict. Local peacebuilders already make a real impact in conflict areas. They work to prevent violent conflicts before they start, to reduce the impact of violence, and to bring divided communities together in the aftermath of violence. However, their work is often ignored – either because people aren’t aware of the existence and importance of local peacebuilders in general, or because they simply haven’t had access to information and contacts for local peacebuilders. We hope that Insight on Conflict can help redress the balance by drawing attention to the important work of local peacebuilders. On this site, you’ll be able to find out who the local peacebuilders are, what they do, and how you might get in touch with them. Over half the organisations featured on Insight on Conflict do not have their own website.

Who is ‘Insight on Conflict’ aimed at?

Insight on Conflict is not an academic website, or aimed only at specialists. We believe the stories of peacebuilders should be accessible and relevant to anyone interested in conflicts. We think people both in conflict areas and interested outsiders will find the information useful, for making contacts, research, and gaining a fuller understanding of the potential impact of local peacebuilders. If you do find this site helpful, or it has helped you make connections, please tell us!

Who do we feature on Insight on Conflict?

We feature local peacebuilders; local people, working towards peace. We’ve worked from the definition in the respected ‘Reflecting on Peace Practice‘ project, that peacebuilders should be working towards two basic goals:

  • Stopping Violence and Destructive Conflict; and
  • Building Just and Sustainable Peace.

All groups featured on Insight on Conflict should be working with these goals in mind. We only feature groups that are non-partisan – not groups who work with only ‘one side’ in a conflict.

Peacebuilding is a broad and expanding field. Peace Direct believes too much focus goes on ‘top level’ peacebuilding, such as negotiations between governments and international bodies, whilst ignoring the work of smaller, locally-based groups. We hope that Insight on Conflict can help redress the balance, and the focus of the site is on the local groups and individuals. At the same time, we want to offer people a view of peacebuilding in each conflict area, so where relevant we have provided information on the work of larger organisations.

If you are aware of stories or peacebuilding groups that we have missed and you think we should cover, please let us know.

How we can help

Insight on Conflict is designed to help make information about the work of local peacebuilders accessible.

Here you will find detailed information on how some of the worst conflicts in the world are being resolved by local people and local organisations – facts and figures rarely found in other sources.

We offer:

  • Contacts with grassroots peacebuilders in the countries listed in the menu at the top of the page. Our Local Correspondents can help with contacts and suggestions.
  • First-hand reporting from our network of local correspondents.
  • Background information and comment on peace and conflict issues.

Our site is used by practitioners, researchers and journalists looking for information on the work of peacebuilders.

We believe that by increasing communication about and with local peacebuilders, we can help contribute to their work.

If you want help with more information on peacebuilding in any of the countries we feature, please get in contact.

General enquiries and research: Ruairi Nolan, Insight on Conflict Programme Manager, telephone UK + (0)207 549 0285 or email Ruairi@peacedirect.org

Media contact: Jonathan Lorie, Head of Communications, telephone UK + (0) 20 7549 0285, or email jonathan@peacedirect.org

Spread the word

We want to get our information on local peacebuilders to as wide an audience as possible. If you found this site useful, please share with anyone else you think might be interested. How you can help:

Tell us how you’ve used the site

To help our monitoring of the site, it is extremely useful to keep track of contacts that are made as a result of the information on Insight on Conflict. If you do make any contacts or other uses of the information on this site, we’d really appreciate if you could drop us a quick email to let us know.

Join the conversation

Our blog is designed to encourage debate and discussion on peacebuilding. Please consider commenting to add your perspectives to any of our posts. Got something bigger to say about conflict and peacebuilding? Please send us in a blog post, we’d love to feature it.

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Tell us how we can make the site better

We need feedback from users to let us know how we can improve the service we offer. Please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Disclaimer

We strive to provide a valuable reliable resource with Insight on Conflict. We cannot however guarantee impartiality or total objectivity, nor do we present ourselves as a totally comprehensive ‘directory’ of local peacebuilding in a particular area. It is not in the scope of the project to verify and evaluate in detail what is being said to us. If you would like more details about the information in a specific area, please don’t hesitate to contact the Programme Manager: ruairi@peacedirect.org. We would also like to hear from you if you have any suggestions on how we might improve the site, or other information that you think will be useful for us to include.

Thanks and funding

To read a full list of funders and people who have helped with the site, please visit the ‘Thanks’ page: http://www.insightonconflict.org/thanks/

Endorsements

“Donors are struggling for information such as this. The security situations in these countries mean that international staff postings are one to two years at the most. In the case of Pakistan, we go from crisis to crisis (floods, assassinations, large scale terrorist attacks) and staff are usually caught up in the reactive work that these situations generate. As a result, we struggle with transfer of institutional memory regarding credible local organisations and everyday conflict events (which when analysed make sense of our bigger issues). In donor and civil society circles we also talk increasingly about bringing our efforts together to have a greater impact on the issues we work on. People still struggle though, with making the connections and placing their initiative within the larger context of social sector work taking place. Lastly, although we admit the issues associated, due to lack of information we struggle with the ‘entrenched partners’ phenomenon i.e. we continue to work with local organisations on our radar, rather than branching out and taking calculated risks.

“In my view, the above make great selling points for Insight on Conflict. You provide local context and maps, local stories, local contacts. Invaluable!”
Official, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Pakistan

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