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October 2015

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Welcome to the October 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

Community voices from South Sudan

All too often, people in South Sudan are unable to have their voices heard outside their communities; there’s often a significant disconnect between local communities and national and international level policymakers.

These case studies from two of our programming locations in Western Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap states help to give voice to community members who are affected by differing forms of insecurity in South Sudan.

Atoch, Chris, Matilda, Patrick and Chief Pasquele tell us about a number of the local security issues their communities are facing – including criminality, robbery, gang activity, lack of access to basic services and violence against women – and the work they’re undertaking in challenging circumstances to address these.

Building peaceful, just and inclusive societies through the 2030 Agenda

Barack Obama addresses the UN General Assembly

Last weekend's UN Sustainable Development Summit saw world leaders sign up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes building peaceful, just and inclusive societies as one of five cross-cutting priorities.

Ahead of the summit, we produced a briefing highlighting what Saferworld sees as some of the key targets for peace in the 2030 Agenda. It also outlines key steps towards national implementation of the agenda, demonstrating how collective global action can help make this happen. The ideas in the briefing are summarised in a blog post.

We also collaborated with other peacebuilding organisations to produce a shared statement on addressing violent conflict as an essential part of implementing the 2030 Agenda.

New constitution brings challenges and opportunities to Nepal

Just ahead of this year's International Peace Day, Nepal's new constitution came into effect – eight years after the end of the conflict. The constitution sets out the state's new structure, with seven federal provinces created. As a result, Nepal is now experiencing major socio-political changes, and is faced with opportunities and challenges in implementing the constitution and achieving long-term peace.

In a comment piece, Saferworld's Nepal team reflects on what these changes mean for Nepal's security landscape, highlighting the need for strong local capacities to mitigate conflict on the path to peaceful promulgation of the constitution.

Health through peace

Saferworld is partnering with Medact for their two-day Health Through Peace forum. The event will provide an opportunity to learn from the experts about the most important health and peace issues of today. Find out more and book your tickets.

Have we abandoned our friends in Yemen?

Kate Nevens, head of our Middle East and North Africa programme, blogs about the UK's involvement in Yemen's war and the need for urgent action on UK arms transfers.

Creating safer communities through small grants in Bangladesh

Distributing small grants to communities in Bangladesh has funded the construction of community safety centres, enabling people to work together to improve their communities' security.

Lebanon: local capacities for peace

As part of a joint project with Conciliation Resources, we have produced a briefing highlighting community-level insights and analysis on the effects of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

The role of local actors in Yemen's current war

The second in a series of policy briefs by the Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies outlines necessary factors for an inclusive peace agreement.

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