January 2011

Welcome to Saferworld's e-newsletter.


Millions of people across the world are affected by violent conflict, living in daily fear for themselves and their families. Saferworld engages both with communities affected by conflict and with governments and international actors to tackle the root causes of violence such as weapons proliferation and lack of security and access to justice.


I hope that this monthly news round up will keep you informed about our latest projects, research and events as we work to prevent violent conflict around the world.


In this issue read our blog from Southern Sudan where over four million people have recently voted in a landmark referendum.  Watch a short documentary about our how we engage with local communities to gather their thoughts and perceptions on conflict and security in the volatile Karamoja region in Uganda.


If you live within the EU, check out how your country compares to other EU countries in terms of arms transfer practices and what they officially report. And find out what our latest tracker survey reveals about trends in perceptions of security in Kosovo. Finally we are delighted to announce that Simon Akam, who we supported to write about insecurity in Uganda, won the 2010 Guardian International Development Journalism competition.


I hope you will find our contributions both useful and interesting.  If you do, then why not become more involved.  Get in contact through the site and let's see what we can do together.


Wishing you a peaceful 2011,


Henry Smith


Historic referendum in Southern Sudan

As polling booths opened on 10 January for Southern Sudan's referendum there were emotional scenes as people from all walks of life cast their votes. Cries of joy from the crowd greeted those exiting the polling station who proudly held up their ink-stained index finger as a sign that they have voted.


Karamoja conflict and security assessment

Watch a video about how Saferworld consulted local people for a conflict and security assessment of the volatile Karamoja region in Northern Uganda. Through this research we aim to influence peacebuilding, security and development actors to make their work more conflict-sensitive.


A matter of trust

Saferworld's latest tracker survey charts changing perceptions of security over a turbulent period in Kosovo's recent history. Overall, the picture is largely positive but mixed. Whilst a significant proportion of the population perceives that their security has improved, confirming a year-on-year positive change since 2006, there remains a real and substantial fear of a return to violent conflict.


Comparing national reporting across EU Member States

Saferworld has launched a new database providing a comparative tool on arms transfer reporting practices in the EU. Only two-thirds of Member States (18 of 27) are meeting their legal obligation to produce national reports on their ‘exports of military technology and equipment'.


Conflict story scoops first prize

In 2010 Saferworld took part in the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition as part of our efforts to raise awareness of the role conflict prevention can play in creating the conditions for development. Read the winning story.


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