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On 31 May the High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda set out a transformative framework with much for proponents of peace-related commitments to build on. The panel's report highlighted the need to 'Build peace and effective, open and accountable institutions for all' as one of five big, transformative shifts needed to realise a new development paradigm.
This affirms that peace and security are not just relevant to 'crisis' contexts, but are a universal agenda for all countries. Now states, civil society and others must work towards a progressive consensus that can make this new global development paradigm a reality.
Read the Saferworld's comment piece on the report 'A welcome shift towards peace'.
Follow our work on the post-2015 debate.
A new report on Saferworld's community security programmes in Kosovo, Nepal and Bangladesh highlights the measurable improvements this type of work brings to communities’ own experiences of safety and security.
The report documents our work in the three countries over the past three years and argues that civil society has a crucial role to play in security and justice sector development. It also provides some practical lessons for donors and agencies seeking to support community-based approaches to safety and security through their work.
The Ministry of Defence's push to define more of its work as ‘Official Development Assistance’ (ODA) has provoked concerns that aid money may be used to supplement the MoD budget.
Executive Director Paul Murphy argues here that instead of campaigning for overseas aid to be spent by the ministry, the MoD should clarify its own contribution to the UK’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy, which sets out the UK’s approach to addressing conflict issues overseas.
Read the comment piece.
On 19 April, as a result of a series of European Union (EU) facilitated talks, Serbia and Kosovo reached an encouraging"First Agreement on the Principles Governing the Normalisation of Relations" between the two countries.
This agreement marks the most significant step forward since the end of the Kosovo war in 1999 and offers the opportunity to create lasting peace within the region.
However, both governments must now demonstrate real commitment to the implementation of the agreement in an accountable, effective and transparent manner, says Ferdinand Nikolla, Kosovo Project Coordinator.
Read the comment piece.
Find out more about our work in Kosovo.