Nathalie Cooren, France, September 2016
International Alert (IA)
International Alert is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace.
International Alert was founded in 1986 to help people find peaceful solutions to conflict.
At that time, the number of conflicts between countries was decreasing, but there was an alarming increase in the number of conflicts within countries. These conflicts were undermining development and leading to gross violations of human rights. Identifying and highlighting individual abuses of human rights was not enough; a different approach was desperately needed. It was out of this urgency that International Alert was born.
In 1985 the Standing International Forum on Ethnic Conflict, Development and Human Rights (SIFEC) was founded with the purpose of addressing the issue of internal conflicts and to alert governments and the world to developing crises. The following year, SIFEC merged with another organisation, International Alert on Genocide and Massacres, to become the charity we know today.
In 1986 IA named her first Board of Trustees and Secretary General, Martin Ennals. Martin was the former Secretary General of Amnesty International and founder of Article 19, and a pioneer of the human rights movement.
helps people find peaceful solutions to conflict.
empowers local people to build peace by providing them with training, advice and support. She brings together communities divided by conflict to find ways of resolving their differences without violence. And she advises companies, governments and international organisations on how their policies and operations can better support peace.
to do this effectively, IA researches the root causes of conflict around the world and addresses key issues that affect lasting peace and stability in high-risk places.
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IA works with local people in over 25 countries around the world to help them build peace, and she advises governments, organisations and companies on how to support peace.
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To build peace IA uses the following methods:
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IA works in Africa, south and southeast Asia, central Asia, the South Caucasus, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and north Africa, and have 18 offices around the world.
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IA believes peace is possible when people can live in safety, have fair and effective laws, participate in shaping political decisions, make a decent living and secure their wellbeing.
Peace is when people are able to resolve their conflicts without violence and can work together to improve the quality of their lives. Peace is when: