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April 2015

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Welcome to the April 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

Turkey's aid to Somalia: Risks and opportunities for peacebuilding

© UN Photo/Stuart Price

Turkey's growing aid budget made it the world's third largest humanitarian donor in 2013, with an increasing amount of this budget being focused on conflict-affected states.

Through a joint research project with Istanbul Policy Center we have explored what the implications of Turkish aid might be for peace and stability in Somalia. Our findings are presented in a new report, Turkish aid agencies in Somalia: Risks and opportunities for building peace, and summarised in a policy briefing Turkey and Somalia: Making aid work for peace.

Can peace be measured?

© Saferworld/Tom Martin

During last week's UN negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda in New York, member states not only discussed goals and targets, but also the subject of indicators for measuring global progress on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our new briefing, Measuring peace from 2015: An indicator framework at work, highlights how many issues related to Goal 16 are already being measured and lays out for discussion different models for a monitoring framework that would effectively measure global progress towards Goal 16.

Read the briefing >

Also read our comment piece, Measuring development: the importance of statistics on the post-2015 road to a better world, where Saferworld's Thomas Wheeler and Transparency International's Craig Fagan discuss the importance of statistics in a monitoring framework for Goal 16.


Engaging men and boys for gender equality

Saferworld's Hannah Wright and Julie Brethfeld recently attended the International Conference on Masculinities, the most recent in a series of events on engaging men and boys for gender equality.

This topic has ignited much debate about what an increased focus on men and boys could mean for the women, peace and security agenda - and feminism more broadly.

In a blog post, Hannah examines whether a focus on masculinities strengthens or waters down the women, peace and security agenda, and what can be done to avoid potential risks.

Read the blog post >

Reviving conflict prevention in 1325

Our submission to the Global Study on Women, Peace and Security focuses on the need to give greater attention to conflict prevention elements.

Read more >

The International Development Bill: a double-edged sword

The passing of the UK International Development Bill through the House of Lords is a welcome landmark, but comes with risks, says Tim Midgley.

Read more >

Prioritising people's experiences of security and justice

The latest assessment of UK development assistance for security and justice makes the welcome case for a shift away from conventional approaches and towards more context-specific programmes.

Read more >

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