September 2011

Welcome to Saferworld's e-newsletter.


This month we explain how Saferworld is supporting the Government of Nepal to adapt to the emerging threat of climate change in a conflict-sensitive way. As large pro-democracy protests continue throughout Yemen, we set out how the international community should use this opportunity to encourage the emergence of a more inclusive political settlement through a transition process that gives a blueprint for lasting change.


In Somalia we examine the growing trust deficit between many Somalis and the political elite. We argue that the international community's engagement on Somalia must focus on building trust between different Somali actors if it is to be successful in promoting peace and security. Finally, in the Caucasus we share the latest findings of our research into developing community security initiatives in the border area of the disputed territory of South Ossetia.


Henry Smith,
Director of Saferworld

Conflict-sensitive adaptation to climate change in Nepal

Nepal's vulnerability to climate change is increasing. In response to this Saferworld led a six month project to help make local adaptation plans in the country more conflict- sensitive. Ivan Campbell, a senior advisor at Saferworld, talks about the project to the Environment, Conflict and Cooperation Platform, a web forum for policy advisors working on climate change.


Building stability and democracy in Yemen

Yemen’s current crisis poses many challenges, but it is also an unprecedented opportunity to place the country’s political system on a more stable and inclusive footing. The international community has a role to play in facilitating this process and in encouraging the emergence of a more inclusive political settlement.


Calling for more inclusive governance in Somalia

In June, Somali leaders signed the Kampala Accord, which followed the trend of recent exclusive political settlements by deferring elections of the Somali President, the Speaker and his deputies for a further year. The process was led by the political elite and ordinary Somalis were not consulted. Our briefing argues that involving Somalis in the decisions that affect their lives is not only a moral issue, but also a pragmatic imperative.


Understanding community security needs in the Caucasus

On the face of it, life along the boundary between the disputed territory of South Ossetia and the neighbouring region of Shida Kartli has improved substantially since the August 2008 war. However, communities living here continue to feel insecure. Since February 2010 Saferworld and local partners have been developing ways to help security providers understand local people's concerns and develop locally appropriate ways of responding to the causes of insecurity.


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