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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
- Also read about our work supporting the recent constitutional consultation process and democratisation processes in Somalia/Somaliland.
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.
- Read our IfP reports on Kenya and Kyrgyzstan, and our briefing on promoting conflict sensitivity within the EU’s external action.
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.