International Alert

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International Alert is an independent peacebuilding organisation founded in 1986. At present, it works in over 25 countries and territories.

It operates in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa, and has 18 offices around the world.

Countries and regions[edit]


International Alert has worked in the Great Lakes and West Africa since the mid-1990s, and more recently started to work in the Horn of Africa.

At present the organisation works in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda.

In Rwanda, International Alert has been holding dialogue clubs to reconcile victims and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide.[1]

In Liberia, International Alert works on improving relations between citizens and the police. [2]

In February 2016, International Alert and UNICEF published a study revealing that girls and women released from captivity by Nigeria's insurgency group Boko Haram often face rejection by their communities and families. The findings were widely quoted by the media.[3] [4] [5] [6]

South Caucasus[edit]

In the South Caucasus, Alert works with people affected by conflict, attempting to challenge attitudes and foster peace. The organisation has also established a regional business network.

In particular, the organisation works on the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and the Georgian-South Ossetain conflict.

Central Asia[edit]

In Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, International Alert attempts to improve dialogue between governments and the civil society leaders of different religious and ethnic communities.

Latin America[edit]

In Colombia, Alert works with companies, governments and civil society in an attempt to strengthen the capacities for peacebuilding through the integration of conflict-sensitivity and human rights in policies, standards and practices.

Middle East and North Africa[edit]

In Lebanon, Syria and Tunisia, Alert tries to strengthen the relationship between civil society and governments, and attempts to provide guidance on investing in regions affected by conflict.

In May 2016, Alert published a study on the motives of young Syrians for joining extremist groups in the region [7]. The organisation has also published work about the relationship between Tunisia’s youth and the country’s representative democracy [8].

South and Southeast Asia[edit]

In South and Southeast Asia, Alert works with local people to improve public security and access to justice, and advises on how businesses can operate in a conflict-sensitive way.

In the Philippines, where it has been working since the 1980s, Alert has contributed to brokering a peace deal between the central government and the rebels in Mindanao [9]

It also works in Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.


In Europe, Alert attempts to address community tensions and violence in the UK, and trains European government officials on their role in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

In Ukraine, Alert is working with local and international partners to establish trauma centres in response to the ongoing conflict in parts of the country [10].


International Alert's work is underpinned the understanding of these issues:

  • Citizenship and the state
  • Crime, violence and instability
  • Economic development
  • Climate change
  • Gender
  • Natural resource management
  • Community relations.[11]


International Alert's current CEO is Harriet Lamb. The organisation is led by a Board of Trustees made up of eleven members from around the world, and a four-person Senior Management Team. It is divided into teams working on peacebuilding and development issues in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa.

Secretaries General[edit]

The organisation has been led by three Secretaries General and, since 2015 a CEO, as well as three acting Secretaries General.


Notable former trustees[edit]


See also[edit]

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