Improving prospects for peace.
Present in over 25 countries globally.
International Alert was one of the first independent NGOs devoted to building peace. Since its inception in 1985, the London-based organization has focused on addressing internal conflicts, creating systems for early warning of violent conflict and establishing field programmes to support local efforts for peace.
Working across the Caucasus, Asia, the Middle East, Great Lakes and West Africa, Latin America and on home soil in the United Kingdom, International Alert equips individuals with the tools to avoid recurrent violence. In each conflict, its personnel conduct careful analysis, assess root causes, and attempt to bridge gaps with dialogue – all whilst strengthening local capacity through training, advice and support. Recognising that a peaceful society is only possible by working at both a high level as well as at the grassroots – and linking the two – International Alert has sought to continually push the boundaries of peacebuilding practice, including by drawing attention to underlying societal drivers of conflict through its Peacebuilding Issues Programme.
In 2012, International Alert plans to expand its efforts in the Middle East to ensure that regime change is followed by inclusive institution building across the government, justice, security and private sectors, paving the way for sustainable peace.
(Photo © Jonathan Banks / International Alert)