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 1,200 peacebuilding organisations across 31 different conflict-affected regions.
Commentary and ideas
Our blog is updated twice a week with articles on peacebuilding from our correspondents and guest contributors.
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.
Insight on Conflict is published by Peace Direct. We have three 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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com and let us know how we can help.
Afghanistan - Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies
Information on peacebuilding organisations in Afghanistan is provided by the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS). DROPS is a women-led research organisation in the Afghan capital, Kabul. It was established in 2012 by Mariam Safi (a researcher and analyst) and Naheed Farid (member of The National Assembly in Afghanistan). Its goal is to harness the efforts of women to bridge the research and policy nexus in Afghanistan.
Bangladesh - G. M. Shoeb Ahmed
G.M. Shoeb Ahmed is Insight on Conflict's Local Correspondent in Bangladesh. He has extensive experience in peacebuilding, youth development, small arms control, human security, women’s rights and entrepreneurship, and has coordinated and facilitated training, advocacy workshops and national seminars on these issues.Currently working with Saferworld, Shoeb has previously worked with the UNDP, the Hunger Project and the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has Master’s degrees in Development from BRAC University and International Relations from the University of Dhaka.
Burkina Faso - Boris Somé
Boris Somé is Insight on Conflict's Burkina Faso Local Correspondent. He has been the National Coordinator of WANEP-Burkina Faso since September 2014, where he has also worked as the manager of its National Early Warning System. Boris trains local peacebuilders and has wide experience in advocacy and research, including publishing a book on peacebuilding in Burkina Faso. He holds a Master's in Ethics and Governance from the School of Political and Moral Sciences of West Africa, in Abidjan.
Central African Republic - Martine Kessy Ekomo-Soignet
Martine Kessy Ekomo-Soignet has over four years of experience in the political and development sectors. She has worked with the UNDP, UNESCO and the African Medical and Research Foundation. Her work in the Central African Republic focuses on civil society and youth organisations. Martine Kessy holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social and Political studies and a master’s degree in Geopolitics, International Security and International Relations. She completed the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2014 and was one of 100 Fellows competitively selected to participate in an 8-week internship in the United States following the Mandela Washington Fellowship academic institute.
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.
- 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)20 3422 5549 or email Ruairi@peacedirect.org
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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.
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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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/
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