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


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

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

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.

Measuring peace from 2015: An indicator framework at work

Debates on the post-2015 development framework are now turning to monitoring and measurement. The United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) is expected to lead on the process for creating an indicator framework, while member states, UN agencies, civil society and academia will play key roles in shaping its final design.

RESOURCE | 20 March 2015 - Thomas Wheeler

Turkey and Somalia: Making aid work for peace

Turkey's growing aid budget, which made it the world's third largest humanitarian donor in 2013, has increasingly been focused on conflict-affected states. Since 2011, the Turkish government and Turkish non-governmental organisations have markedly expanded aid operations in Somalia. As the experience of other international actors has shown, aid can have unintended effects...

RESOURCE | 20 March 2015 - Thomas Wheeler, Auveen Woods, Onur Sazak

Turkish aid agencies in Somalia: Risks and opportunities for building peace

Turkey has become a more visible global actor over the‚Ä® past decade. Its growing aid budget, which made it the world’s third largest humanitarian donor in 2013, has increasingly been focused on conflict-affected states. Since 2011, through the deployment of high numbers of aid workers to Mogadishu, the Turkish government...

RESOURCE | 20 March 2015 - Thomas Wheeler, Onur Sazak, Kat Achilles, Auveen Elizabeth Woods

Masculinities and the women, peace and security agenda: strengthening or watering down?

We must reshape the masculinised and militarised assumptions behind the current international security paradigm, but not without asking critical questions about the recent resurgence of interest in ‘engaging men and boys’.

BLOG | 19 March 2015 - Hannah Wright

Measuring development: the importance of statistics on the post-2015 road to a better world

As discussions on the post-2015 development targets turn to what indicators can be used to measure progress Thomas Wheeler and Craig Fagan, Head of Policy for Transparency International discuss the importance of statistics in a monitoring framework for Goal 16.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 16 March 2015 - Thomas Wheeler, Craig Fagan

Reviving conflict prevention in 1325

To mark the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the Security Council has commissioned a Global Study on Women, Peace and Security to assess progress so far and make recommendations for future implementation. Saferworld’s submission to the Global Study focuses on the need to give greater attention to...

RESOURCE | 11 March 2015

The International Development Bill: a double-edged sword

The passing of the UK International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill through the House of Lords is a welcome landmark, but comes with risks, says Tim Midgley.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 10 March 2015 - Tim Midgley

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.