November 2011

This week’s high level forum on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, could mark a radical shift in the international approach to delivering aid in fragile and conflict-affected states. Saferworld's Larry Attree, who is taking part in the forum along with director Henry Smith, explains how real success will depend on a deal that gives people living in conflict-affected societies genuine ownership of peacebuilding processes.


Also this month, as EU member states prepare to review arms export policy, we urge them to reflect on lessons learned from the Arab Spring. We have also published new research highlighting the need for a more people-centred approach to managing border disputes in the Western Balkans. And you can find out how we are supporting Chinese and African civil society to engage in dialogue on China's role in African peace and security.


Finally, as Yemen's President Saleh signed a deal ceding power last week we share the findings of our consultations with Yemeni youth and key recommendations for the international community to consider during the political transition.

A new deal for aid to fragile and conflict-affected states?

Next week’s high level forum on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, could see a radical and welcome shift in the approach to aid for fragile and conflict-affected states, establishing peace as a key foundation for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. But after Busan, will the agenda be defined in a way that ensures ordinary people enjoy greater security and more peace, asks Larry Attree?


Arab Spring highlights urgent need for stronger EU arms export controls

European Union Member States should take a long, hard look at their current arms export control practices in light of the problems revealed by EU arms sales in the lead up to the ‘Arab Spring’.  This was the message Saferworld delivered to EU members at a conference it organised in Brussels on 10 November, and in a new report launched on the same day.


The impact of border disputes in the Western Balkans

Unresolved border issues and poor management of borders are creating insecurity for local people throughout the Western Balkans, according to a new research by Saferworld for the People's Peacemaking Perspectives project. Based on these findings we recommend that the EU supports efforts to improve border management, and promotes approaches to border demarcation that are centred around the people affected.


China’s role in fragile and conflict-affected States

Over 300 policy experts from China and 27 African countries took part in the first China-Africa Think-Tanks Forum, providing an unprecedented opportunity for a broader range of voices to be heard in the debate on China’s role in African peace and security. Saferworld has worked closely with forum organisers the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University, to support this dialogue.


Promoting an inclusive political transition in Yemen

Inclusion must be an integral feature of all stages of the transition process in Yemen, not just simply an end goal. This is a key recommendation emerging from Saferworld consultations with Yemeni youth to capture their views on long-term peacebuilding in the country.


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