News and Insight

Our staff and partners draw on decades of experience, understanding and analysis to make peace possible. As well as news, see their latest thoughtful insights covering violent conflict, peacebuilding, and global events.

December 2022
News

Peacebuilders from the Pacific took part in a two-week course to explore the complex relationship between peacebuilding and climate change. The course was delivered by Transcend Oceania, in partnership with Conciliation Resources.

December 2022
Insight

It can seem impossible for those caught up in violent conflict and its consequences to find space to imagine what peace might look like – let alone start taking the difficult steps to get there. In a ‘hot’ conflict or crisis situation conflict parties may be too focused on dealing with an immediate crisis and struggling to survive. In protracted wars or ‘stuck’ peace processes that from the outside may appear frozen for many years, long-held grievances and entrenched positions make it difficult to consider alternative futures and block potential pathways to dialogue or reconciliation.

December 2022
News

Brendan’s career in mediation and peacebuilding began in Northern Ireland. During some of the darkest days of the conflict Brendan worked across all sectors of Northern Ireland to show that another way of being was possible, and quietly made a huge contribution to peace on the island of Ireland. 

December 2022
News

2022 has seen the outbreak of more violent conflicts around the world, as well as new challenges to peacebuilding. The unpredictability of conflict requires innovative and creative ideas to respond quickly and explore new ways to build peace. 

December 2022
Insight

It’s becoming increasingly clear that climate change can exacerbate fragility and conflict. However, we still lack evidence to help us understand precisely how this happens. Gender provides a lens that can help us analyse and understand this, which in turn can support the development of effective conflict prevention and resolution strategies. Yet, gender, climate change and conflict have mostly been looked at in siloes, rather than in an interrelated way, when it comes to peacebuilding.

December 2022
Insight

Women play an essential, but often under-recognised, role in peacebuilding. Our Europe-Asia Director, Laura Aumeer, spoke to Sparknews about the why and the how, and shares some resources and tips for sharper, more inclusive conflict-related stories.

November 2022
Insight

Abdullahi Umar Eggi grew up in a nomadic family in Taraba State, Nigeria, and has undertaken extensive research to understand how and why pastoralism is changing in the region. He’s currently carrying out research on cross-border pastoralism, environmental change, peace and conflict along the borders of Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger as part of our XCEPT project, Promoting Peaceful Pastoralism. Here, he tells us about his upbringing, and what he’s learning from his latest research.

November 2022
News

A new platform for convening environmental experts, think tanks, business leaders and peacemakers across South Asia has been selected for the Paris Peace Forum’s Scale-up Programme, which provides accelerated, customised support for the initiative’s development.

November 2022
Insight

In the Philippines, a changing climate is leading to increased flooding, landslides and tropical cyclones - forcing entire communities from their homes. In regions like the Bangsamoro, which is emerging from four decades of conflict, responses to the impact of climate change must be sensitive and inclusive.

October 2022
Insight

“I’m a peacebuilder, a mediator, a healer and a reconciliator. I wear many hats.” Another one of those hats is as a long-time partner of Conciliation Resources. Ezabir Ali has led peacebuilding programmes along the Line of Control in Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir focusing specifically on the rights of women affected by the conflict. Her work with women has sought to build peace across sectarian divides, deal with the trauma of protracted conflict and advocate for women’s rights in the complex legal systems which are often stacked against them. Recently she has been supporting women to deal with conflict through art and creative writing.

October 2022
News

Following on from our first ever Steps to Peace challenge event in 2020, this September Conciliation Resources' supporters, partners and staff once again took steps to raise vital funds for peacebuilders around the world. 

October 2022
News

In September, more than 150 people from 12 communities came together to discuss the future of peace in the area around Bossangoa, in the Central African Republic. The town of 15,000 people is widely regarded as the epicentre of conflict in the country - being the birthplace of former President François Bozizé.