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August 2016

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

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Gender analysis of conflict

The different roles and behaviours of women, men and sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) affect the way that conflicts play out, as well as the impacts they have on people’s lives. This toolkit for gender analysis of conflict is intended to help national and international non-governmental organisations and other peacebuilding practitioners to integrate gender perspectives into conflict analysis, providing a foundation for more gender-sensitive peacebuilding programmes. You can also watch our short video explaining why it's important to do a gender analysis of conflict, focusing on Uganda's Karamoja region, where the toolkit was tested.

A look at America's 'Countering Violent Extremism' strategy

The US Department of State and USAID have laid out how American development and diplomacy agencies will work together to reduce violent extremism abroad. In this comment piece, David Alpher urges caution in the melding of development and security agendas - a prospect that risks undermining the objectives of both.

Politics and Policing: Understanding the impact of post-conflict political settlements on security reforms in Kenya

What role do political actors and politics play in shaping development outcomes? The concept of the ‘political settlement’ is increasingly prominent in peacebuilding discussions. This report focuses on Kenya as an important case study for understanding the of role political dynamics in determining the pace and nature of security sector reform.

Lighting up the streets of Taiz

In May, a community action group in Taiz, Yemen, implemented a locally-led project called “Light it Up” to address the lack of street lighting and insecurity. Through a consultative and participatory process that encouraged local action, the group – supported by Saferworld – worked to install solar panels and lights in areas that have been affected by the conflict. Read the case study here.

Crowding out accountability: The follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda

Following her visit to the UN headquarters in New York, Anna Möller-Loswick reflects on some of the challenges as well as the greater role that civil society should play in the process. Read the comment piece

Measuring progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 16 for peace and justice

A coalition of international organisations – including Saferworld – launched a website that tracks progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 16, which commits global leaders to promoting ‘peaceful and inclusive societies’.

Implementing the ATT: Essential elements of an effective arms transfer control system

Now that the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has become international law, Saferworld is working to ensure progressive interpretation and full implementation. This briefing seeks to explore the key elements of an effective arms transfer control, which for many states will be a first step required for national implementation of the ATT.

Peace has been made a global development priority. Now what?

Peace has been identified as an essential agreement of development, as evidenced by its inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals. Thomas Wheeler asks - now what? 

Exploring the links between experiences of injustice and violent conflict

Experiences of injustice increase the risk of violent behaviours. In this policy brief, the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law and Saferworld make the case for a better understanding of experiences of injustice; and, how addressing those experiences could have a significant bearing on conflict dynamics.

Saferworld holds peacebuilding workshop for Yemeni civil society activists

Saferworld held a four-day workshop for Yemeni civil society activists in Jordan to explore ideas and initiatives on local peacebuilding in Yemen in the context of the current conflict.


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