International Alert is one of the largest peacebuilding INGOs with projects in 21 countries and territories with activities in a further 26. It has a 35+ year history of supporting and working with local partners, engaging from the grassroots to policy level to solve the root causes of conflict. It is a leading voice on the Women Peace and Security agenda and gender-mainstreaming, as well as on conflict sensitivity in development and humanitarian work and in advocating conflict-sensitive management solutions for natural resources. The organization has also been a pioneer in engaging the private sector in peacebuilding.
In its 2020 Resilience Plan, International Alert made it a priority to have the organization become greener, more diverse, equitable, accountable and inclusive. The next step was to fully operationalize this commitment within the internal practices of the organization as well as in its relationship with its local partners.
The process to date has driven change in three key areas:
These commitments are already translating into concrete changes:
In its next phase of support, Alert will continue to improve its internal capacities and processes so as to better embed the principles of the Charter. After a successful retreat of its Global Leadership team in November 2022, it will continue discussions to frame and adopt a new vision for Alert’s future that is fully aligned with its commitments to shifting power dynamics and fostering greater equity and inclusion. The new organizational strategy is being developed and framed around GDEI principles, led equally by HQ, regional and country teams representatives, and in close collaboration with the GDEI Steering Committee. These discussions will lay the foundation for a 2024-onward strategy which is to chart a path towards transformative structural and cultural change for the organization.