Peace Direct works with local people to stop violent conflict and build lasting peace. We partner directly with local peacebuilding organizations in some of the most dangerous war zones around the world to strengthen their work in their own countries and amplify their voices on the international stage. We also undertake participatory research and facilitate learning and exchanges between decision-makers and peacebuilders to improve policy and practice outcomes for durable peace.
We believe local civil society is the largest untapped resource for preventing war and building peace. We have mapped nearly 1,800 local peacebuilding groups around the world through our website Peace Insight, and we are engaging with local peacebuilding initiatives in the U.S. as well. Among other programmatic activities, we facilitate discussions with local peacebuilders around thematic and regional peacebuilding issues, such as atrocity prevention within the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo or reducing barriers to youth-led peacebuilding. Through the research gleaned from these “peace exchanges”, we write reports and promote recommendations alongside our partners to promote more inclusive and sustainable policy at the international level. We host visits and events with local peacebuilders around the world in Washington and New York each year so they can share their stories and perspectives directly with decision-makers.
The Scoville Fellow will become part of our policy and research team in Washington, DC, supporting our research agenda and advocacy efforts to advance locally led peacebuilding within U.S. and UN policy. The fellow will lead a specific research and advocacy project on an emerging area of work, such as 1) exploring the intersection of climate and peacebuilding; 2) exploring the intersection of migration and peacebuilding; or 3) strengthening local peacebuilding in the U.S., depending on the fellow’s interests and skills, and the needs of our office. Their work may include organizing research, authoring reports and blogs, leading online participatory discussions, attending key events in DC, meeting with congressional and administration staff, and arranging meetings for local peacebuilders to speak with U.S. and UN decision-makers. The fellow will be integrated into the life of our office and participate in broader organizational efforts as appropriate. The fellow would have the opportunity to help build a global movement for peace, and learn the practical aspects of putting peacebuilding into action.