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March 2015

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Welcome to the March 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 directly to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk

International Women's Day 2015:

Conflict prevention is vital for women, peace and security

Saferworld's Julie Brethfeld and Hannah Wright argue that to make sustained progress on gender equality and the situation of women and girls, we need to reprioritise conflict prevention and address gender norms that drive conflict and insecurity.

2015 will see the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. Although both have contributed significantly to raising awareness of the inequalities and insecurity that women and girls face, progress on achieving gender equality still lags. Considerable effort is required to ensure that the transformative potential of the women, peace and security agenda is not compromised.

Read the full comment piece >

Community voices in border areas of Armenia and Azerbaijan

2014 saw the worst instances of military escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan in two decades, with the highest reported casualties since the 1994 ceasefire agreement. The two countries have substantial civilian populations living in the immediate proximity of their mutual border, which has been turned into a heavily militarised front line.

Based on research on the perspectives of people living on both sides of the border, we have produced two publications. A policy briefing, After the 2014 escalation; The front line between Armenia and Azerbaijan, summarises major findings and recommendations for improving the security of communities. These are drawn from a longer report, Towards a secure future: Community voices in border areas of Armenia and Azerbaijan, which is based on interviews in a number of villages.

Enhancing existing security structures in Kyrgyzstan

In 2014 one of Saferworld’s community security working groups in south Kyrgyzstan teamed up with local government to revive a defunct Local Crime Prevention Centre.

The result was changed perceptions and improved relationships between local communities and authorities, making it easier for people to report incidents of conflict and crime.

Read the full story >

Freedom of expression under threat in Serbia

Recent verbal attacks on the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) by the Serbian Prime Minister are just one example of a wider, worrying trend towards bias and government control of the media in Serbia.

Read our comment piece on the issue >

DFID's scale-up in 'fragile' states and the need to focus on conflict sensitivity

© UN Photo/Tobin Jones

A new independent assessment of the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) scaled-up investment in 'fragile' states highlights that increased funding does not necessarily lead to results.

The most effective way to promote impact is to ensure that efforts are based on a well-informed context analysis and locally identified needs – and prioritise conflict sensitivity and innovation.

Read the comment piece >

Post 2015, Goal 16 and Lessons on Indicators: Civil Society Perspectives from the New Deal Work on Indicators

Discussions have begun on the design of the indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals.

This statement from the Civil Society Platform on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) summarises what lessons can be learned for how we monitor issues of peace, governance and justice in the new development framework.

Read the statement >

Sustainable Development Goals: what, why and how?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire this year and be replaced by a new global development framework.

In an article featured in the Observer Research Foundation's new magazine Primer, Saferworld's Sunil Suri writes about the negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read the article SDGs: what, why and how >

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