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September 2012

Welcome to September’s issue of our e-newsletter bringing you Saferworld’s latest comment, analysis and resources. As always you can send any feedback via our social media channels or direct to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk.

Approaching post-2015 from a peace perspective

Violence in the disputed town of Abyei, which straddles the border between Sudan and South Sudan (May 2011). © UN Photos/Stuart Price

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire at the end of 2015 and discussions are already underway on whether there should be a framework to replace them and, if so, what it should look like. A new Saferworld briefing suggests areas that should be prioritised in discussions about a new, more holistic post-2015 development framework. It is intended to stimulate debate on how peacebuilding issues can best be included in forthcoming discussions. Read the briefing Approaching post-2015 from a peace perspective.

  • The UN Task Team has recognised that the new global development framework must cover peace and security. Larry Attree discusses how this can best be done. Read the blog post Post-2015: treading the path to peace.

Progress and fear in post-transition Somalia

Elders discuss clan representation

Somalia’s transitional government came to an end on 20 August when a new government and parliament were sworn in. Major challenges to their legitimacy lie ahead – as well as fears of instability spilling over from Ethiopia. However Saferworld says the inauguration of the new parliament nonetheless marks a significant milestone in Somalia’s recovery.

Towards an effective EU early warning system

A pregnant woman runs past burning shacks in Nairobi's Mathare slum during post-election violence in December 2007. © Julius Mwelu / IRIN

Over the last three years, Saferworld has taken part in the EU-funded Initiative for Peacebuilding – Early Warning project, to learn lessons on the performance of the EU’s early warning and crisis response architecture, and recommend steps to establish an effective system at the EU level. Drawing on the findings of this project, Sébastien Babaud argues that the EU should seize the opportunity of the current revision of country strategies and programming priorities to embed appropriate approaches and processes.

Creating safer neighbourhoods in Strpce/Shtërpcë

Read about one of our community safety projects in Strpce/Shtërpcë, Kosovo, which is working to address local security challenges. Over the past year Kosovo has been facing some of its biggest challenges since the war ended in 1999. Public support for the government has declined, EU-facilitated talks between Kosovo and Serbia have been faced with new challenges, and there have been violent clashes in the north, leading to the death of a Kosovo police officer, the destruction of a customs point in Jarinjë/Jarinje and widespread disruption by road barricades.

Mogadishu rising

Mogadishu rising?

This pilot report uses original data collected between April and July 2012 in interviews, focus group discussions and Mogadishu-wide household survey and mapping exercises to provide a time-bound snapshot of current conflict and governance issues in Mogadishu, Somalia.

REPORT  |  August 2012

Strengthening the Conflict Pool 

This briefing sets out Saferworld’s response to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s Evaluation of the UK's Inter-Departmental Conflict Pool.

BRIEFING |  August 2012

Fulfilling New Deal commitments

This briefing outlines key recommendations from civil society to maximise the peacebuilding results of commitments outlined in the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States.

BRIEFING | August 2012 - IDPS Civil Society Core Group

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