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March 2014

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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 direct to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk 


Women's insecurity in Nepal

Saferworld/Anil Poudel

Existing equality legislation in Nepal is not being adequately implemented and women continue to encounter multiple security challenges undermining their full participation in the working environment.

Based on research in the Banke and Bara districts our latest report Women’s insecurities and the workplace in Nepal explores the insecurities Nepali women face in their homes and communities, travelling to and from their work, as well as in their workplaces. It gives recommendations to respond and improve on women's safety and security.

Read the report here.


Post-election Bangladesh

Saferworld/Tom Martin

The political violence that marred the Bangladesh elections in January may have eased in recent weeks but an impartial analysis of the root causes of the unrest is crucial if future escalations of violence are to be prevented.

In a new comment piece, A destructive lack of dialogue, we analyse the causes of the election-related violence and the current political impasse. A constructive dialogue between the two main parties is urgently needed to break the current political deadlock and ensure that Bangaldesh's development progress is not squandered. Civil society and local peacebuilding initiatives must be supported to address grievances and insecurity at the local level.

Read the comment piece here.


South African perspectives on Post-2015

UN Photo/Mario Rizzolio

In the first of a series of briefings exploring the role of rising powers in the post-2015 framework we focus on South Africa and its approch to peace and security.

Conflict and the post-2015 development agenda: perspectives from South Africa brings together five papers highlighting the important voice South Africa has within global policy debates and the critical role it can play in ensuring the post-2015 framework reflects the aspirations of South Africans, and the wider African continent.

South Africa's active engagement in multilateral processes suggests it could be a key player in debates on what should be included within the development framework, including if and how to include peace and stability.

Read the briefing here.

Find out more about our work on rising powers and post-2015.

Transforming conflict and building peace: Training of trainers manual

Local civil society organisations in North-western Pakistan are working with communities to tackle the insecurity that persists as a result of ongoing conflict in the region.

Developed with local partner CAMP, Saferworld's Training of trainers (ToT) manual is aimed at increasing the capacity of CSO's in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, preparing trainers to present the concepts of conflict transformation and peacebuilding within local communities.

View the manual here.


Gender, equality and peace: post-2015

In an article first featured in The Guardian, Gender, peace and security adviser Hannah Wright highlights the important links between gender equality and peace and why these must be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda.

Read the article here.


United States conflict prevention

Following the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment last month a new comment piece looks at US policy around mass atrocities. It argues that the US needs to focus its approach on the proactive prevention of conflict by addressing the root causes 'upstream' before violence escalates.

Read the comment piece.


Creating safer communities in Central Asia

Our new multimedia gallery tells the story of our community security work in Central Asia, featuring video interviews with community members, partners and Saferworld's project team and an image gallery of our work.

Visit the multimedia gallery here.

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