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January 2014

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Welcome to the January 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 direct to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk 

Preventing election violence in Kenya

Kenya multimedia gallery

Throughout 2012 and 2013 Saferworld worked with national and local partners in six counties of Kenya to reduce the risk of conflict before, during and after the March 2013 general elections. Our new multimedia gallery tells the story of this work, featuring images and interviews with community members, partners and Saferworld's project team.

The gallery explores how Saferworld and partners supported communities to work together in innovative ways with the police, local administration, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and civil society to identify and respond to early signs of tension and conflict. It also highlights how we engaged young people to raise awareness about voting rights and responsibilities in their communties, and trained and supported the media to report in a way that supported peaceful elections rather than inflaming tensions.

Visit the multimedia gallery here.

Arms and the responsibility to protect

UN Photo/Iason Foounten

Credit: UN Photo/Iason Foounten

A new Saferworld report, Arms and the responsibility to protect, analyses the relationships between the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the responsibility to protect (R2P) principles within the context of the Libyan civil war. The 2011 military intervention in Libya highlighted differences between states in the interpretation and implementation of the R2P doctrine.

The aim of the research report is to raise the profile of weapons transfer scholarship in China, introducing an independent academic voice into the policy discourse. This is important in light of suggestions from Chinese think tanks that China is keen to pursue a more active role in efforts to develop common standards for arms transfer control, including the UN ATT process.

Read the report here.

Peace and the post-2015 agenda

El Khidir Daloum being interviewed on Post-2015

In a video interview recorded at the European Development Days 2013, Saferworld Director of Programmes El Khidir Daloum discusses ways to ensure that peace is included in the post-2015 agenda. He stresses the importance of taking an holistic approach to peace across the new framework, with stand-alone goals on peace and governance.

Watch the video inteview.

Read more about Saferworld’s work on Post-2015.

Cover of ATT Update 5

China ATT Update 5

The latest edition of ATT Update looks at next steps to ensure an effective Arms Trade Treaty, as well as examining the reasons why China did not sign the treaty. Yun He provides her analysis on why China abstained, while Professor Ouyang Liping outlines reasons for being optimistic about China’s potential signature and ratification.

Read the ATT Update here.

Capacities for Peace

Capacities for Peace is a project undertaken by Saferworld and Conciliation Resources funded by the European Union under the Instrument for Stability. The project involves working with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected contexts.

Saferworld and Conciliation Resources’ previous work on early warning and participatory conflict analysis highlighted the importance of tackling the disconnect between the analysis of a conflict and the corresponding responses.

Find out more about Capacities for Peace.


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