Saferworld - Preventing violent conflict. Building safer lives Conflict sensitivity

We promote a conflict-sensitive approach to ensure aid promotes peace and does not reinforce conflict dynamics


We believe in a world where everyone can lead peaceful, fulfilling lives, free from fear and insecurity


We challenge the gender norms that cause and perpetuate conflict and insecurity

People first

We put people first, supporting change that empowers local communities to take action and influence decision-making


We work to ensure that peacebuilding processes and governance systems are inclusive and legitimate

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Youth voices in Yemen

This film features youth activists from our 'Amplifying Youth Voices' project who share their experiences of being part of the programme and how it is helping them to enhance their advocacy work within their own communities. Watch the video.

VIDEO | October 2014

Counter-terrorism – time to find peacebuilding alternatives

'Terrorism' is again dominating political debate across the world. Yet to many in the peacebuilding field, the media spotlight seems as likely to feed into a security agenda that deepens the conflicts in which 'terror' has become such a prominent tactic – rather than helping resolve them. In this comment...

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 27 January 2015 - Larry Attree, Professor David Keen

Integrating gender in community security

Gender norms and relations play a substantive role in conflict and peace dynamics, so a strong gender perspective must be an integral part of community security projects. Julie Brethfeld, Saferworld’s Conflict and Security Adviser, explains how Saferworld’s community security approach creates spaces where diverse gender groups feel able to express...

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 27 January 2015 - Julie Brethfeld

Dilemmas of counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding

Security threats defined as stemming from ‘terrorism’ or ‘rogue regimes’ have significant public profile, and have led to responses from different branches of government. In tackling these threats - through counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding - a 'mainstream' approach has evolved, which involves defining conflicts in a way that designates some...

RESOURCE | 27 January 2015 - David Keen, Larry Attree

Envisaging more constructive alternatives to the counter-terror paradigm

Most of the public conversation about terrorism has focused on conventional counter-terror efforts, which overlap with and influence stabilisation and statebuilding efforts. However, such efforts are often ineffective, and even counterproductive.

RESOURCE | 27 January 2015 - David Keen, Larry Attree

Police-community meetings in Tajikistan demonstrate attitude and behaviour change

Communities in the Isfara district of Tajikistan, bordering Kyrgyzstan, are gaining confidence to raise sensitive issues at police-community meetings, following work by Saferworld and local partner the Association of Scientific and Technical Intelligentsia of Tajikistan (ASTI) to improve relations and build trust.

CASE STUDY | 23 January 2015

Expanding and sustaining dialogue between China and the Wassenaar Arrangement

China’s rise means that it is now widely viewed as an important actor in the fields of international security and politics. This is especially true in relation to the global arms trade, where China’s market share has risen in step with its growing economic and military capabilities. As China becomes...

RESOURCE | 21 January 2015 - Bernardo Mariani, Dr Chin-Hao Huang

Myanmar and the post-2015 development agenda.

Saferworld Associate Kim Jolliffe reflects on the implications of the post-2015 development agenda for Myanmar.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 19 January 2015 - Kim Jolliffe

Saferworld turns 25

We’re proud to be marking our 25th anniversary. Find out more about our 25-year history and look through our interactive timeline highlighting key Saferworld milestones.  

Annual Review 2013-13

Annual Review

Saferworld’s multimedia Annual Review brings together some of the highlights of our efforts to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives in 2013-14.

Our strategy

Read Saferworld's 2014-17 strategy to put people at the centre of peace and security responses.



The Millennium Development Goals are set to expire at the end of 2015.