Saferworld - Preventing violent conflict. Building safer lives 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

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 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

Engaging new global actors in peace and development

A recent Saferworld conference in Istanbul provided a rare opportunity for stakeholders from conflict-affected states, emerging global powers, and traditional development actors to debate key issues of peace and development. The conference discussions highlighted that while there are differences between their approaches, there is much they can learn from each...

NEWS | 18 December 2014

No turning back: Mr Ban reaffirms a transformative, pro-peace vision for post-2015

Yesterday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon released his Synthesis Report On the Post-2015 Agenda. Larry Attree and Thomas Wheeler analyse whether the report will help Member States towards a framework that fulfils its full peacebuilding potential.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 5 December 2014 - Larry Attree, Thomas Wheeler

No turning back: Mr Ban reaffirms a transformative, pro-peace vision for post-2015

Debates on the post-2015 agenda so far have consistently agreed that the world’s new development framework must advance not only sustainability and poverty reduction but also, crucially, peace and good governance. On 4 December 2014, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon released his Synthesis Report On the Post-2015 Agenda. The...

RESOURCE | 5 December 2014 - Larry Attree, Thomas Wheeler

Addressing notions of masculinity that drive conflict

Gender norms often promote notions of masculinity centred around power, violence and control. If we are serious about peacebuilding and conflict prevention we need to address them, says Hannah Wright.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 4 December 2014 - Hannah Wright

Bridging ethnic divides between young people in Kyrgyzstan

In Kyrgyzstan's Feghana Valley, a Saferworld-supported Community Security Working Group is playing a key role in diminishing conflict between local Uzbek and Kyrgyz youth.

CASE STUDY | 4 December 2014

Civil society under threat in Libya

In November 2014, three young social media activists were beheaded by a militant group in Derna, a port city in eastern Libya. This brutal act marks the latest in a bout of targeted killings of human rights and youth activists, say Leonie Northedge and Kate Nevens, and threatens to extinguish...

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 2 December 2014 - Léonie Northedge, Kate Nevens

An ill wind for EU arms transfer controls

It is not just France’s credibility at stake over the way it has handled a sale of two Mistral class assault ships to Russia, says Roy Isbister, but the credibility of the whole EU Common Position on arms transfers.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 21 November 2014 - Roy Isbister

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.