Somalia: Moving Out Of The Shadows Of War And Poverty And On The Road To Stability

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Yasmin Ahmed

For over two decades, Somalia was known as a failed state- a state lacking effective government, controlled by warlords and terrorists and plagued by frequent phases of natural and man-inflicted disasters.

Is Britain In A State Of Hidden Civil War? Time To Face Facts

Chris Erskine | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Erskine

Voices and ideas from the areas of food, land, travellers, domestic violence, poverty, asylum and debt are all vital to finding grains of truth that allow us to face up to our Hidden Civil War. To face difficult truths in troubled times, we require deep collaboration, reflection and above all, listening.

Islamic State Is Killing People With Weapons Fast-Tracked From Europe

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK

Islamic State fighters are illegally using guns and other weapons made in Eastern European factories, in a newly-discovered supply chain that is “al...

Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals

Aaron Benavot | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, released this morning, shows the vast potential for education to propel progress towards a...

Political Experiments, Divisive Narratives: How Brexit Jolted Memories of Soviet Collapse

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

The morning after the UK referendum, on 24 June, I woke up feeling a strong sense of déjà-vu: that I had seen and gone through it all before, around...

Eastern Ukraine: Conflicting Interpretations of the Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

During a visit to a summer camp for children affected by the conflict in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, I met a boy close to the frontline who had made a drawing of a tree, on top of which he drew a house with a family. When asked why the house was in the tree top and wouldn't it fall down in the wind, the boy confidently assured me 'no', the house is strong and secure. I later found out that this boy's dog had been killed by a landmine.

It Is Right to Question Foreign Aid, But We Must Remember the Vital Causes It Serves

Phil Vernon | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Phil Vernon

On 13th June, the UK Parliament will debate the proposition that the government's approach to foreign aid is flawed. This is based on a petition initi...

For Children in Crisis, Education Cannot Wait

Mike Penrose | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

For the first time in the 70-year history of the UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has brought together world leaders and the humanitarian community for the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, with the aim of making bold commitments to reduce the impact of the unprecedented wars and disasters we are seeing today.

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

The Developing World Is Better Off With Britain Inside the EU

Simon Maxwell | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
Simon Maxwell

There is much at stake in Europe just now. The external environment is characterised by economic slowdown, the pressure of conflict, the refugee crisis, and the need to move rapidly to act on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to climate. Urgent action is also needed to tackle the tax and transparency issues revealed by the Panama Papers. The threat of global disease epidemics is ever-present, with Ebola having been supplanted by the zika virus as the most urgent current threat. In all these arenas, the priority is coordinated action among groups of nations: another reason to put the global role of the EU high on the agenda.

Love and Tyranny

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

How then do couples overcome the tyranny of anger and abuse so they can feel safe to tell the truth and connect? It's of course never easy because the roots of anger and frustration go way back and they are habits learned in our family of origin.

Burundi Hero Who Saved 30,000 Children Awarded Million Dollar Prize By George Clooney

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK

George Clooney has presented a humanitarian worker from Burundi, who sheltered around 30,000 children from conflict, with a million dollar prize. Mar...

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Beyond: The Rampant Hypocrisy Behind UK Foreign Policy

Andrew Smith | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

How can it be the case that peaceful protesters and campaigners are arrested for blocking a road, yet regimes that systematically oppress their own citizens and kill others in wars of aggression are given the red carpet treatment and plied with weapons?

The Art of Conflict

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

We all know that if we are angry, critical, mean spirited and we shut each other out there is no good end to this kind of interaction. So why do we still do it? One answer is that we don't know better.

Nagorny Karabakh: An Old, Forgotten but Decidedly Dangerous Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

In the early hours of Saturday 2 April, a military escalation erupted on the Nagorny Karabakh line of contact, on a scale not seen since 1994. While the breakfast news reported on Palmyra, on who is planning to restore which monuments, the disturbing news broke about this old, yet now new conflict, that overnight saw dozens of people killed.

Women's History Month: The Forgotten Women of Syria

Thaslima Begum | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK
Thaslima Begum

Syrian refugee women are facing serious human rights violations, exploitation and gender-based violence on a daily basis.

Easter: Once Again a Time to Focus on Ending Religious Intolerance in the Middle East

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The shocking, sickening scene of a young man nailed to a wooden cross, surrounded by his executioners, shouting abuse and laughing whilst crowds of others watch in horrified silence, is an image that is indelibly stamped onto the minds of all Christians.

Peacebuilding in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

When discussing International Alert's work in conflict regions with colleagues, associates, donors, etc., I sometimes feel that we understand each oth...


Larisa Sotieva | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Larisa Sotieva

It occurred to me that when he had got on the train, he instinctively gravitated closer towards me, another human being, to share his evening. We humans are social animals, and contact with others is very important to us. Having sat down opposite me, he ate his dinner and enjoyed his daughter's laughter in my company.

What Can We Learn From the 'World Interfaith Harmony Week'

Amjad Saleem | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK
Amjad Saleem

Last week, the first week of February was traditionally the 'World Interfaith Harmony Week' as designated by the United Nations to occur annually in ...

Millions of Children in Yemen Are Trapped in a War They Cannot Escape

Julien Harneis | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Julien Harneis

What can be done to protect the children in Yemen? The warring parties and those advising them, including the United Kingdom, must work to ensure that civilians are neither killed nor injured, and that schools and hospitals are not bombed.

Remembering 'The Forgotten Crisis'

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The international response to what took place and what continues to take place is both a travesty and injustice. Hundreds of thousands of Innocent men, women and children fled to neighbouring countries such as Chad and Cameroon but more than 600,000 people remain displaced inside the country with many trapped inside enclaves they cannot escape.

War by Other Means, Peace by All Means: A Century of Sport and War

Stephen Cooper | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Sport
Stephen Cooper

In October 2009, I set out on a rugby tour to France with thirty teenage boys. I had uncovered the sad story at our London club, Rosslyn Park, of a lost Great War memorial; a 1919 press clipping stated 72 had died, but no names. Some 109 names of men who lived, loved, played, fought and fell have now emerged from club records and lost memory.

From Fair Trade to Building Peace: Falling in Love Again at 54

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

With borders a constant flashpoint, International Alert undertook research on the needs of women cross-border traders in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The women identified the lack of storage for their fresh produce as a major problem. As a result, the World Bank is now building a cold storage there.

The Tangled Web of Conflict, Climate Change and Education

Aaron Benavot | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It is time for leaders to act now and meaningfully to reduce the extent and pace of climate change. Without urgent climate action wars, famines, floods, death and inequity are likely to result. We must remind them of education's critical role in opening up a myriad of human and environmental opportunities to thwart the devastating impacts of climate change.