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February 2014

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Welcome to the February issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis and resources.

We would love to hear your feedback via our social media channels or direct to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk 


Gender, peace and post-2015

Saferworld/Anil Poudel

A new joint paper from Saferworld and Conciliation Resources sets out a vision for including gender and peace in the post-2015 development framework. While gender is increasingly seen as part of the international peace agenda, little attention has been paid to what this means for post-2015. Gender, violence and peace: a post-2015 development agenda  explains why gender matters for peace, why peace matters for gender equality, and what this means for goals, targets and indicators in the new post-2015 framework.

Read the briefing here.

Read more about Saferworld’s work on Post-2015.


Youth and political processes in Yemen

APphoto/Hani Mohammed

In Yemen the median age is just 18.5 years old and youth played a prominent role in the 2011 uprising. However, more interaction between youth activists and political parties - both traditional and new - has not yet translated into increased engagement and leadership within the political arena.

Based on a series of focus group discussions and interviews with youth across five major Yemeni cities, our latest briefing 'Five major barriers to youth engagement, decision-making and leadership in Yemen's political parties' explores the youth discontent that exists around many areas of the political process.

Read the briefing here.


Spectres of the past in South Sudan

UN Photo/Isaac Alebe Avoro Lu'ba

In a comment piece first featured in African Arguments, Executive Director Paul Murphy and Conflict and Security Advisor Victoria Brereton analyse the roots of the current violence in South Sudan and the core components of an inclusive peace process.

Justice, reconciliation and wide-ranging democratic reform must be prioritised, they say, if peace talks in South Sudan are to translate into sustainable peace.

Read the comment piece here.

Brazil and post-2015

Brazil’s focus on peace as an enabling condition for sustainable development has been highly influential but Brazilian policy makers have so far focused their post-2015 attention on sustainable development and poverty eradication.

In the latest of our blogs on rising powers and post-2015 we explore the potential role Brazil could play in the process to agree a post-2015 agenda that includes peace.

Read the blog here.


Community perspectives - safety impacts of begging in Kosovo

Based on community dialogue meetings with over 90 participants, a new briefing led by the Conflict Prevention Forum, and with input from civil society organisations in the North, explores the issue of begging in Kosovo and the effect it has on people's safety, and their perception of their safety.

Established by local partner AKTIV, and supported by Saferworld, the Conflict Prevention Forum briefing is the first to research this issue within Kosovo from a security, rather than social perspective.

Read the Conflict Prevention Forum briefing here.


Preventing election violence in Kenya

Throughout 2012 and 2013 Saferworld worked with national and local partners in six counties of Kenya to reduce the risk of conflict before, during and after the March 2013 general elections. Our new multimedia gallery tells the story of this work, featuring images and interviews with community members, partners and Saferworld's project team.

Visit the multimedia gallery here.

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