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October 2014

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Welcome to the October 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 

We have an Arms Trade Treaty!

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) crossed the threshold needed to become international law last week when it was ratified by a further eight states at the UN in New York!

This first legally binding treaty for controlling the global trade in conventional arms will come into force on 24 December. In a comment piece, Saferworld's Small Arms and Transfer Controls Adviser Elizabeth Kirkham explores why effective implementation will be key to the ATT's success.

Saferworld began working on the ATT over 20 years ago, and as part of the Control Arms coalition we are pleased to share with you 50 for 50, a website highlighting the campaigners, political leaders, survivors, public figures and UN officials who have worked to ensure that this treaty has a lasting impact on humanity.

Visit the 50 for 50 webpage.

Shining a spotlight on community security


This month we launched the first in our series of monthly case studies which aim to shed light on how community security processes are helping to address communities’ safety and security concerns and contributing to wider change.

The first short case study, 'A question of trust', introduces the concept of community security, explains how it addresses insecurity and conflict, and sets out how it can contribute to meeting broader peacebuilding and statebuilding objectives.

Internationally, while donors and other actors have stressed the need to take into consideration community security needs, in reality this has proved difficult to translate into practice. The EU has been supporting several types of community-based security programmes over the years, yet community security approaches are not widely known across its institutions.

In a comment piece first featured in EurActiv, Executive Director Paul Murphy sets out why it is time for the EU to take innovative approaches to peacebuilding on board. Whilst our briefing "Community Security: A vehicle for peacebuilding and statebuilding" aims to enhance the understanding of the potential of community security at the EU level.


Building capacities for peace

Early warning systems emerged in the early 1990s as a conflict prevention tool. However, on many occasions, alerts have not been followed by appropriate action to stem brewing violence. As part of our Capacities for Peace work, a joint project undertaken by Saferworld and Conciliation Resources to support local actors to undertake or take part in early warning and crisis response processes, we recently held events in Jordan and Afghanistan.

In Amman, Jordan, a three-day conflict analysis workshop provided a space for local community representatives and local municipalities to identify sources of and responses to tensions resulting from the influx of Syrian refugees in Jordan. In Afghanistan five civil society organisations from Kabul and other provinces of Afghanistan were trained in Do No Harm and conflict sensitivity by Saferworld and partner, The Liaison Office.

Land conflict in Northern Uganda

While the insurgency in Northern Uganda ended eight years ago, communities continue to struggle to recover, and land conflict has become a major new threat to the region’s return to peace.

In this comment piece David Otim, Uganda Project Adviser, explores why more conflict-sensitive approaches, strengthened local governance structures, and policies to encourage effective land use are urgently needed.


Peace and post-2015

The United Nations General Assembly met in New York last week to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals. Abdoulie Janneh (Executive Director, Liaison with Governments and Institutions in Africa for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation) discusses why African priorities must be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda in this comment piece.

Saferworld's Sunil Suri also analyses the state of play for those advocating for peace, governance and justice issues to be included in the SDGs in his comment piece, The post-2015 casino dilemma.


Notions of masculinities and violence in Eastern Nepal

This report explores notions of masculinities among young men and boys in selected districts in Eastern Nepal, how these notions shape their relationships towards others, and young men’s experiences and attitudes towards violence, including sexual and gender-based violence.

Preventing political violence in Bangladesh

This case study looks at the work of one community action committee which, thanks to relationships built through our community security programme, was able to deter an escalation of politically motivated violence in its neighbourhood. 

The seventh issue of ATT Update, co-published by Saferworld and the School of Political Science at Tongji University, features articles from Saferworld's Roy Isbister and Elizabeth Kirkham. 


In April 2015 a new £1 billion Conflict, Stability and Security Fund will replace the UK Government's current Conflict Pool.

This joint parliamentary briefing by Saferworld, International Alert and Conciliation Resources provides recommendations to ensure that a progressive long-term vision for peace is at the core of the UK’s approach to engagement in conflict-affected and fragile states.

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