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September 2015

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Welcome to the September 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 directly to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk

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.

View their photos >

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.

Watch the video "Now there is peace" >

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.

Watch the video about Kisumu and Isiolo >

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.

Read the interview >

Arms Trade Treaty: First Conference of States Parties

Last week representatives from 72 States Parties and 59 signatories of the Arms Trade Treaty met in Cancun to make practical decisions on how the Treaty will be implemented.

Read the statement by Control Arms >

Early warning in the Horn of Africa

As part of our joint Capacities for Peace (C4P) programme with Conciliation Resources, we have carried out research on the conflict early warning and response mechanism (CEWARN) in the Horn of Africa. A recent report seeks to highlight lessons and opportunities for improving CEWARN's functionality.

Read the report >

Read the accompanying comment piece >

A generation that does not know peace

The first in a series of blog posts from the Caucasus region explores the impact on youth of a resurgence in fighting along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, and the importance of including youth voices in peace projects.

Read the blog post >

State of the World's Emergencies

Published by Bond and with contributions by Saferworld, this briefing is designed to give incoming members of the UK parliament an overview of some of the world's most fragile situations and highlight actions for key influencers.

Read the briefing >

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