Insight on Conflict is a resource published by Peace Direct to support and showcase the work of local peacebuilders around the world. Local peacebuilders make a real impact in conflict areas; 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 haven’t had access to their information and contacts. Insight on Conflict helps redress the balance.
Peace Direct’s network of Local Peace Experts identifies and verifies the work of local peacebuilders in over 40 conflict areas. With a total of 1,462 local peacebuilding organizations profiled, Insight on Conflict is the only online presence for approximately one third of the organizations featured.
Peace Direct provides additional support to local peacebuilders through a monthly newsletter which includes funding opportunities and relevant research. The organizations featured in Insight on Conflict are also brought together to collaborate and share their experiences through in-country “Peace Exchanges”. Peace Direct is exploring ways to hold similar events online.
The site is currently being redeveloped with new ways of visualizing the information collected on local peacebuilding which will allow site visitors to explore the relationship between peace activities and conflict. Peace Direct hopes to publish these changes in the spring.