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 challenge the gender norms that cause and perpetuate conflict and insecurity


We believe in a world where everyone can lead peaceful, fulfilling lives, free from fear 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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Photos: Communities First

Featuring the work of Marcus Perkins, Tom Martin and Alex Potter, this collection of photographs aims to give a visual voice to people whose daily experiences of conflict and insecurity are too often marginalised and forgotten. View the photos >

Building constructive China-US cooperation on peace and security in Africa

Increasingly, external actors are involving themselves in Africa – engagement which is critical to African development, but which has potential either to increase security or further destabilise some of the continent’s already fragile countries. A cooperative rather than competitive approach between two key external actors, the US and China –...

RESOURCE | 30 June 2015

China’s commitment to peace and security in Africa: FOCAC and the SDGs

Could the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) be used as a tool to help realise the Sustainable Development Goals, asks Chloe Gotterson?

BLOG | 29 June 2015 - Chloe Gotterson

Reform of the international drugs regime: what role for the peacebuilding community?

On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Tom Wheeler and Tim Midgley suggest bringing a people-focused peacebuilding perspective to the debate.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 26 June 2015 - Thomas Wheeler, Tim Midgley

Conflict sensitivity in county governance: Lessons from Marsabit, Kisumu and Isiolo counties

The introduction of devolved governance in Kenya following the 2013 elections meant that for the first time county level structures became responsible for a range of new areas, including delivering basic services and playing a role in local level peace and security provision. At the same time, Kenyan citizens were...

RESOURCE | 22 June 2015

Conflict analyses in three Kenyan counties: Isiolo, Kisumu, and Marsabit

A historic opportunity was on offer in Kenya following the 2013 elections, with the introduction of devolution and the possibility of public inclusion in decision-making. County level structures are now responsible for delivering basic services to their communities and have a role to play in local peace and security, while...

RESOURCE | 19 June 2015

Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts

Understanding conflict is critical to aid planning, yet large-scope analyses are dominated all too often by external ‘experts’. Local voices and local knowledge, which are essential to understanding the true causes of conflict, are not adequately reflected in the far-reaching policies and strategies that define what aid agencies do and...

RESOURCE | 18 June 2015 - Michelle Garred, Siobhan O'Reilly-Calthrop, Tim Midgley, Matthew J.O. Scott, Betty Bigombe

Dhaka event sheds light on safety and security issues in Bangladesh

A joint policy event with Saferworld's partner BRAC brought together a range of safety and security stakeholders in Dhaka to share learning, experiences and challenges from our community security work in Bangladesh.

NEWS | 17 June 2015

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.