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May 2013

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Welcome to the May 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 

Listen to local voices in Somalia

Girl walks in Somalia

UNphoto/Stuart Price

On 7 May 2013 the Federal Government of Somalia and the UK Government will co-host a second international conference in London on Somalia.

Ahead of the conference, Saferworld and our partner organisations  conducted consultations with a range of non-state and civil society representatives to discuss the themes of the conference. The consultations have fed into a series of recommendations to the Somali authorities and the international community on priority concerns that need to be addressed in order for reconstruction to be successful.

Read the consultation's recommendations, Listening to Somali voices.

Read Saferworld's overall recommendations for the May 2013 London Conference on Somalia.

The peacebuilding potential of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes

WASH programming

UN Photo/Sebastian Villar

INGOs and donors need to make a ‘step change both in mindset and working practice’ to ensure their development programmes are conflict sensitive according to a new briefing paper published by Tearfund with Saferworld support.

The paper assesses the potential for water, sanitation and hygiene programmes to contribute to peacebuilding and statebuilding.

Read the briefing.

Read more about our work promoting conflict-sensitive development.

China's increasing economic role in South Sudan

China recently announced a substantial package of loans to South Sudan for transport and energy infrastructure projects. In this comment piece Thomas Wheeler explores the importance of ensuring that economic cooperation is conflict sensitive, and the potential for it to assist South Sudan in post-conflict reconstruction and development.

Learn more about our work on Rising powers.

Podcast on youth advocacy in Yemen

The head of Saferworld’s Middle East and North Africa Programme Kate Nevens talks to the Yemen Peace Project about our work with youth leaders across the country.

With local partners we are supporting young women and men to ensure their voices are heard by policymakers during the transition period.

Listen to the podcast and read more about our Amplifying Youth Voices work.

Community security in South Ossetia

South Ossetia

In this new report we examine how Saferworld is supporting conflict-affected communities in South Ossetia. It focuses on work with security actors and local communities to improve security in a region that faces a range of daily safety and security challenges.


Somalilanders speak

Somalilanders speak

The November 2012 local elections were a key test of Somaliland’s democratic development.  We explore the elections from local Somaliland persepectives and examine what lessons can be learned for ongoing democratisation efforts in the region.

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