About the Housmans World Peace Database

What’s in the World Peace Database?

The World Peace Database contains contact details for more than 3000 national and international organisations around the world. Information available includes the organisation’s name and postal address, together with any or all of the following: telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and website address. In most cases there is also an indication of the nature of the organisation and its areas of concern; many entries also have notes giving additional information.

The database includes peace-related organisations, covering especially grassroots groups and campaigns which work for peace and reconciliation and against the causes of war; it includes some major organisations in related fields such as environmental and human rights campaigning.

National or international?

For the purpose of the database, an international campaign or organisation is one which either has individual members in many countries, or is a network of national affiliates with an international office which could — in principle — be based in any country where an affiliate exists. The mere fact that an organisation has international concerns, or even undertakes work or outreach in a number of other countries, is not enough for it to be considered as international if it is effectively administered in and controlled from just one country.

By default, organisations on the database which are not defined as international are called “national”, even though some of them do not have a national reach within the country they’re listed under. Reasons for listing such regional organisations can include: the geographical size of the country concerned; significant administrative, linguistic or cultural divisions within a country; the importance of the organisation; or the fact that a sub-national group is directly affiliated to a relevant international body. Sometimes, even quite a small or localised group will be listed if it fills a special niche within that country’s peace movement.

What is a “country”?

Whilst aware of political sensitivities, we use commonly accepted postal and administrative divisions of the world when deciding what is or isn’t a “country”. This does not mean there is a policy of support for, or opposition to, mergers or divisions of countries; it means we want the database to be easy to use. Some special cases are noted below:

  • There is no listing for the United Kingdom; there are listings for its component parts — Great Britain (which, as a matter of policy, is listed simply as “Britain”, despite the theoretical ambiguity in the French language) and Northern Ireland (listed as “Ireland, Northern”).
  • Organisations working in one constituent part of Great Britain (ie England, Wales or Scotland) are listed under “Britain”.
  • Most of the listings for Northern Ireland are of organisations working just in that province. Organisations working on an all-Ireland basis (ie covering both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland), with their office address in the Irish Republic, will be found listed under "Ireland, Republic of”; similarly, groups operating on a United Kingdom-wide basis (ie covering both Britain and Northern Ireland), with a British-based office, will be found listed under “Britain".
  • Territories allocated to Israel in the planned United Nations partition of Palestine in 1947, together with further areas annexed by Israel prior to 1967, are included under “Israel”. The remainder of Mandate Palestine, including other areas occupied by Israel in 1967 or later, is listed under “Palestine”.

Which language?

Organisations’ names and addresses are generally given in the language (or one of the languages) of the country concerned, though sometimes organisations prefer to supply us with their details in another language. Country names are all in standard English-language form.

Where you’re searching the database for organisations matching a particular name or address, and you’re not sure of the correct accents used in the relevant language (or are unable to enter the correctly accented characters), you can enter the details without any accents and the search will still work.

When the original language of an organisation’s name and address is one not written in the main western European alphabet, transliteration is preferred to translation for the main entry in the database.

Telephone and fax numbers

Telephone and fax numbers are given in standard international format:

+[country code]-[area code]-[local number]

Note that:

  • The “+” indicates the international access code used in the country you’re phoning from.
  • Some countries do not use area codes, but have national numbering.
  • Where there is an area code, it is shown for international use, without any trunk indicator digit used in that country’s system: if there is such a digit, you will need to add it for calls within the country.
  • A few countries, even though they don’t have area codes, require a superfluous extra digit (generally 0) at the start of their national number for internal calls — significant examples are Belgium, France, Switzerland, South Africa and Thailand.
  • For calls between adjacent regions of different countries, or even between the whole of neighbouring countries, there are often non-standard codes outside the normal system.

Although this is a database of groups, campaigns and organisations, not of individuals, containing publicly available information, some of the smaller organisations have their contact address and/or phone number c/o an individual: for this reason, please stop to think before contacting groups by phone — especially if you’re calling a country in a different time zone.

Publications

The database lists some free-standing publications in their own right. However, apart from a few particularly significant examples, publications produced by organisations which are themselves listed do not appear separately on the database. Information about such publications is sometimes included as part of the other information (that is, besides the contact details) given about many of the groups listed.

Accuracy

Although every effort is made to keep up with changes in information, the Housmans Peace Resource Project can give no guarantee as to the accuracy of the information on this website. Indeed, even if every item of information here were to be accurate at the time you are reading this, by tomorrow — on average — around half a dozen of the organisations would require at least some change to the information held about them. The problem is that the database editor has no idea which half a dozen organisations… (You can help by contributing to the database.)

Copyright

Structured information derived from the Housmans World Peace Database — whether taken from this website or otherwise — is strictly the copyright of the Housmans Peace Resource Project. This copyright extends to the coding, classification, selection and ordering of the information.

No significant portion of such information may be copied or transmitted, in whole or in part, in any form — physical or electronic — without the written permission of the Housmans Peace Resource Project.