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June 2014

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Welcome to the June 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 


Promoting a community security approach

There is increasing recognition from policymakers and programmers of the need to put people at the centre of the concept of security to improve effectiveness and outcomes. A community security approach does just this, and this month we have published our new Community Security handbook.

The handbook is aimed at both the policy community and practitioners – particularly programme managers – and intends to help them work through the steps involved in planning, implementing, evaluating and improving community security interventions.

Saferworld has been using community security approaches to build human security and contribute to wider peace and development goals in diverse contexts affected by peace and security for more than ten years.

Read the handbook here.


Local voices from eastern Abkhazia

 

Our latest report looks at local perceptions of safety and security for the residents of the eastern districts of Abkhazia. Based on a fourth annual survey carried out from January to February 2014, the report: Security for local communities: can the achievements of the past few years be preserved? reflects concerns that came out through survey results and focus group discussions with members of local communities.

Read the report here.


Award for Saferworld's Kenya elections project

UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening announces award winners

On 12 May, Saferworld's 2013 project to prevent election violence in Kenya was awarded a British Overseas Network for Development (BOND) award for innovation and collaboration. These were the UK's first international development awards, and entrants submitted short videos to illustrate and explain positive collaborations, which were the theme of the awards.

Saferworld's film highlights the innovative ways our project in Kenya helped ensure peaceful elections by bringing communities, peace, security and election management actors together to work for peace.

Watch the film 'What we need is peace'.

Women and peace in Somalia and Somaliland

Somali women are playing an important role in supporting peacebuilding efforts in Somalia and Somaliland, but their voices are often not heard by policymakers. We talk to four Somali women who are working towards peace about their perspectives of security, political inclusion, and the role of women in peace.

Read the case study here.


UK defence actors and conflict prevention

The UK government will conduct a Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015. Responding to a recent report on UK interventions overseas, we examine why the interests of long-term peace and development are not best served by UK defence actors engaging in development activities themselves.

Read the comment piece.


Reviewing gender and conflict early warning systems

Despite a wealth of research and guidance on gender-sensitising early warning systems, most remain gender-blind in their analyses, failing to include women as participants in their processes.

In this paper we outline the results of a review of existing literature on the integration of gender perspectives into conflict early warning systems and provide recommendations for gender-sensitising them.

Read the review here.


International conference on community safety in Kosovo

Civil society has a critical role to play in influencing the quality of policy and decision-making discussions on  security building, and on their implementation. This was a key conclusion from a meeting of leading security experts who came together at an international conference organised by Saferworld in Pristina, Kosovo, in April.  

Read the news item here.


The role of development in preventing violent extremism

Debate in US policy circles is increasingly focusing on the role of development in preventing violent extremism. In this blog we look at the arguments and highlight the factors that need to be considered to ensure development work engages with drivers of conflict and supports peace.

Read the blog.

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