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Building Confidence and Breaking Down Violence

Posted by Noelle Wright

Awareness and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is crucial in Jordan, where refugees make up over 10 percent of the population. Of particular concern is early marriage, the focus of this year’s 16 Days of Activism against SGBV, an international humanitarian campaign supported by IRD and other organizations. Refugee communities struggle with a lack o... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Conflict Victim Assistance, Refugees, Women & Gender, Youth, Africa, Somalia, Sudan, Middle East & North Africa, Iraq, Jordan

“The New Reconciliation” - Service Center for Victims of Armed Conflict Launched

Posted by Noelle Wright

Victims of armed conflict in La Montañita, a municipality in the department of Caquetá in south Colombia, inaugurated a new service center to provide assistance in a safe and dignified space Dec. 3. The Victims Unit and municipal government worked with International Relief & Development (IRD) to refurbish a 1200 square foot office next to the town hall. Previously vict... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Conflict Victim Assistance, The Americas, Colombia

Young Leaders Promote Political Tolerance in Northern Burkina Faso

Posted by Natasa Ruka

Aribinda is a small town located in the remote Sahel region of Burkina Faso, almost 200 miles from the country’s capital. In recent times, the town has experienced intense political tensions, linked to disputes within the traditional chiefdom. This has created such potent divisions that even traditionally strong family ties are being affected as people refuse... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Education, Youth, Africa, Burkina Faso

Burkinabe Youth promote Religious Tolerance

Posted by Natasa Ruka

IRD’s Peace through Development project (PDevII) supports youth mobilization and engagement in local peace and development. In Burkina Faso, PDevII strengthens youth capacity to play leadership roles within their communities, enabling them to launch initiatives to reinforce social cohesion and enhance community resilience to violence. Djibo, in the northeas... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Civ/Mil, Education, Jobs, Value Chains, Youth, Africa, Burkina Faso

Shop Expansion Helps One Man’s Family

Posted by IRD HQ

Supporting a large family is never an easy task, but for one man living in Afghanistan’s Wardak province, it became even more difficult when his brother was killed during an attack on international military forces. A traditional practice in Afghanistan, Naib became responsible for his brother’s family after his brother died, which meant financially supporting... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Relief to Development, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan