Dylan Mathews

Peace Direct

Dylan Mathews is CEO of Peace Direct a UK-based organisation that supports local people to prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace around the world.

He has worked for a range of UK based international development and humanitarian organisations, including Oxfam, Landmine Action and Y Care International. He is also the Vice Chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, based in the US.


1 March 2022
Peacebuilding may feel like a distant and rather naive idea when the war in Ukraine is fully raging, but the purpose of peacebuilding remains as vital during violence as it is before and after. Peace Direct's Dylan Mathews tells us more.
Which path to take?
27 January 2022
Decolonising our sector is now at a crossroads and we all have a choice to make. Either we choose to be brave enough to take the road less travelled, or we choose business as usual, which will be an act of wilful negligence that will harm our sector.
International or local?
11 November 2021
If local organisations find themselves always competing for funding with international NGOs who are also presenting themselves as local, then what hope is there for the development of a genuinely home-grown civil society?
Street market crowd at Lagos Island's commercial district.
12 October 2021
If the FCDO is committed to value for money, open societies, effective aid and equity for the world’s most marginalised people, it must place locally led development at the heart of its new International Development Strategy.
Graphic depicting structural racism
19 May 2021
Country offices are often one of the most entrenched manifestations of structural racism in the sector, which we need to address if we want to support locally-led development.

Conference sessions

The key barriers the UK's international NGO sector faces in supporting community-led development and how INGOs can shift power together.  



Thu, 05/27/2021 - 11:30 to 12:15
Inspire session
Inspire Header

This session will look at what it means for senior leaders to prioritise impact to ensure their organisastions are effective.



Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:00 to 15:00