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PEACE DIRECT

PEACE DIRECT.Our vision is of a growing movement of people determined to challenge violent responses to international, regional, national and local conflicts. We are committed to the peaceful resolution of conflict, and seek to support and promote the work of those who share these values.

We work as follows:

  1. We directly support those working in conflict areas to prevent atrocities and rebuild peace using nonviolent methods.
  2. We raise the profile of nonviolent conflict resolution - to show how peaceful solutions can work, do work, and where they work.
  3. We collect and publish evidence on the value and cost effectiveness of war prevention and conflict resolution in order to influence government policies and the allocation of public resources.

We believe in:

  1. Respecting the knowledge and experience of those living and working in conflict areas.
  2. Nonviolence.
  3. Transparency.
  4. Working together for peace.

We are different:

  • peace direct builds on two decades of research into what works and what doesn't in terms of preventing, transforming and resolving conflict.
  • peace direct is systematic, focussed and pragmatic: we support and monitor peace building activities, analyse the results and present these to decision makers in the UK and elsewhere in order to change destabilising policy, eg the export of arms.
  • peace direct is 'needs led', taking its cue from grass roots experience, and making this comprehensible at policy level.

We achieve our aims by:

  1. Building an aware, articulate and powerful constituency of individuals and organisations that will give voice to the peaceful resolution of conflict.
  2. Raising funds to promote the peaceful resolution of conflict.
  3. Connecting groups internationally to provide moral, financial and practical support to those working for peace in conflict areas, and to learn from them.
  4. Publishing evidence of successful initiatives that reduce violence in areas of conflict.
  5. Advocating for a significant increase in government resources allocated to nonviolent conflict resolution.

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