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Participatory photography in Bangladesh
Bangladesh has made steady progress in terms of development, but it still faces challenges when it comes to long-term stability, justice and the rule of law, and political violence.
As part of our community security programme, since 2013 we have been running a participatory photography project in Bangladesh. People from a cross section of communities, including youth, were taught how to tell stories through photos before being loaned cameras to document their lives and a diverse range of issues affecting their local communities.
Devolution and peace in Kenya
The introduction of devolved governance in Kenya following the 2013 elections means that for the first time, county level structures are responsible for delivering basic services to their communities, and have increasingly they have a role to play in the sphere of peace and security. Saferworld has been working in Isiolo, Kisumu and Marsabit counties to make processes more transparent and bring them closer to Kenyan citizens.
In a case study from Marsabit we explain how peace mediators have spearheaded peace and reconciliation dialogues, bringing together warring ethnic groups, building trust, and improving conditions for development.
In Muhoroni, Kisumu, community action groups have inspired people to actively engage in the devolution process and hold the county administration to account for adequate service delivery. Read a case study about our work in Kisumu.
Where next for youth in Yemen?
Half of Yemen’s 26 million people are under the age of 18. In an interview, Yemeni youth activist Mohammad Al-Shami talks about the impact of the country's current crisis on youth networks that were established during the 2011 uprising against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.