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

People first

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


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


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

Latest news and views

Dilemmas of counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding

In this discussion paper, Saferworld's Larry Attree and LSE's David Keen discuss how the international community has tried to counter terror, build states, and foster peace around the world.

Freedom of expression under threat in Serbia

Recent verbal attacks on the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) by the Serbian Prime Minister are just one example of a wider, worrying trend towards bias and government control of the media in Serbia, says Ferdinand Nikolla.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 2 March 2015 - Ferdinand Nikolla

Post 2015, Goal 16 and Lessons on Indicators: Civil Society Perspectives from the New Deal Work on Indicators

This week Member States, national statistics offices, UN agencies, civil society and other stakeholders will open discussions on the design of the indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals. Indicators will underpin the monitoring of the new development framework and will play a key role in guiding policy-makers and allowing...

RESOURCE | 25 February 2015

DFID’s scale-up in ‘fragile’ states and the need to focus on conflict sensitivity

A new independent assessment of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) scaled-up investment in ‘fragile’ states highlights that increased funding does not necessarily lead to results in complex environments. The most effective way to promote impact, says Saferworld's Shelagh Daley, is to ensure that whole of government efforts are...

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 20 February 2015 - Shelagh Daley

Key issues for ATT implementation: Preventing and combating diversion

In December 2014 the Arms Trade Treaty became international law; work must now be stepped up to ensure progressive interpretation and full implementation of the Treaty by all States Parties. In order to support this effort, Saferworld has established the informal Expert Group on ATT Implementation (EGAI) which involves work...

RESOURCE | 16 February 2015

Joint response to the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution on the National Police Service Proposed Regulations

This submission by Saferworld and Usalama Forum to Kenya’s Commission on the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) responds to a call for public input and feedback regarding a number of draft regulations for the Kenya Police Service. The submission focuses on eleven of the draft regulations. The proposed regulations are...

RESOURCE | 10 February 2015 - James Ndung'u

Enhancing existing security structures in Kyrgyzstan

In 2014 one of Saferworld’s community security working groups in south Kyrgyzstan teamed up with local government to revive a defunct Local Crime Prevention Centre. The result was changed perceptions and improved relationships between local communities and authorities, making it easier for people to report incidents of conflict and crime.

CASE STUDY | 9 February 2015

Saferworld welcomes UK International Development Committee’s call for stronger focus on preventing conflict

Saferworld welcomes the call by parliamentarians for a stronger role for the Department for International Development (DFID) in driving coherent UK policy in conflict-affected and fragile states – giving greater weight to conflict prevention.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 2 February 2015 - Shelagh Daley

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.