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March 2016

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Welcome to the March issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis and resources.

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From early warning to peacebuilding in 32 countries

Photo © Charlotte Melly/Conciliation Resources

“Identifying conflict threats has to be about more than systems and tools; it needs to be underpinned by relationships of trust that enable people directly affected by violence to raise their voice and to act.” – Jonathan Cohen, Acting Executive Director, Conciliation Resources

Capacities for Peace, our joint project with Conciliation Resources, has been working with local actors in 32 conflict-affected countries, supporting them to improve the effectiveness of early warning and crisis response.

In the final project report we reflect on experiences and findings from the project, looking at case studies from countries including Kenya, the Philippines, Colombia and Yemen.

Youth and peacebuilding in Nepal

“Youth at risk of conflict, or potentially engaging in conflict, are a primary focus of [this] project, as they hold amazing potential to bring about positive change in their communities if their energies are constructively channelled.” – LaChelle Amos, Nepal Country Manager

Making up 40% of Nepal's population, youth have an important role to play in the country's future peace and stability. But their development and approach to peace is often affected by conflict in their communities, as well as in their homes.

In a short video, Saferworld introduces our Community Initiative for Common Understanding (CICU) project. The project brings together young people from 15 communities to work on conflict mitigation and to foster mutual understanding and cooperation between youth and potentially conflicting groups.

In a comment piece, we also look at how the young people involved in our CICU project are successfully resolving conflicts in their communities and contributing to long-term peace.

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Gender injustice and conflict: the importance of including women in peace processes

In the latest post in our peace and justice blog series, Monica McWilliams and Avila Kilmurray look at why women must be included at every stage of a peace process.

Rethinking external engagement in Somalia

Amid ongoing fighting between al-Shabaab and African Union forces, Sunil Suri explores the legacy of US, UK and EU counter-terror approaches in Somalia, calling for a more realistic assessment of progress.

Conflict prevention in the 21st century: China and the UK

Based on two years of work by a Conflict Prevention Working Group, this report argues that cooperation between China and the UK to bring peace and stability to conflict-affected countries is desirable and feasible.

Redefining ODA: what does it mean for peace?

Shelagh Daley discusses the implications of changes to the way Official Development Assistance is defined by the OECD Development Assistance Committee.

How does the world plan to measure peaceful, just and inclusive societies?

Thomas Wheeler examines the recently released proposed global monitoring framework for the Sustainable Development Goals, and what this means for peace.

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