How we began
International Alert was
established in 1985 by a group of human rights advocates led by the former
Secretary-General of Amnesty International, Martin Ennals, in response to
growing concerns expressed by those working in international development
agencies, human rights organisations and those involved in the issues of ethnic
conflict and genocide. They recognised that the denial of human rights often
led to internal armed conflicts which in turn undermined efforts to protect
individual and collective human rights and to promote sustainable
International Alert today
years on Alert is a leading peacebuilding organisation working in over twenty
countries and territories around the world. We are committed to:
1. Working together with people who live in areas affected or threatened
by armed conflict, to make a positive difference for peace: find
2. Improving both the substance and implementation of international
policies that affect peacebuilding and the prospects for peace:
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3. Strengthening the peacebuilding sector through increasing its
expertise and profile
Where we work
Our regional work
is based in the Great Lakes region of Africa, West Africa, the Caucasus,
Colombia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Philippines. Our advocacy
work is in countries affected by conflict and places where governments
or global institutions are based, such as Brussels and New York.
Our public awareness-raising is both in the UK and in countries
affected by conflict..
Issues we work on
We currently focus on
the role of business,
humanitarian aid and
security and post-conflict
reconstruction in the context of building peace.
What were trying to achieve
International Alerts vision of a world in which, when people pursue their
human rights and seek chances of betterment for themselves and their
communities, the conflicts that arise are pursued with honesty, with
forthrightness and also with wisdom so that they do not erupt into violence.
The problem is not conflict the problem
is violent conflict.
To find more about peacebuilding and why it matters, go to
what we do.
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