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August 2014

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Welcome to the August 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 

Peace and post-2015

Global discussions on what should replace the Millennium Development Goals after they expire in 2015 passed a key milestone this month when the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals agreed an outcome document which includes a crucial goal on peaceful and inclusive societies.

But with challenging negotiations ahead over the content of the final framework, we examine the work that remains to ensure the post-2015 agenda addresses conflict and insecurity.

Read the comment piece here.

Read Saferworld's informal comments to the OWG on the draft text.

Exploring community security

Our latest short film explores why it is crucial that communities themselves are at the heart of security and justice.

Featuring interviews from the communities we work with, partners and Saferworld experts, the film looks at local safety and security issues and highlights how the concept of community security, bringing together communities and local authorities, can tackle the root causes of insecurity.

Watch the video here.

Chinese weapons bound for South Sudan


News this month of arms transfers from China to South Sudan puts China’s neutrality and its active role in South Sudan’s peace process at risk.

Our latest comment piece examines how arms transfers undermine China's claim to contribute to peace, stability and development in South Sudan – and more broadly in Africa – and what China can do to limit the damage.

Read the comment piece here.

Land conflict in Northern Uganda


Historical legacies of conflict and the more recent discovery of oil are driving renewed conflict in Northern Uganda. In our latest briefing we assess the conflict over land between the Acholi and Jonam tribes in the region, which is characterised by a great number of conflict ‘hotspots’ and a history of both peaceful coexistence and violent competition for land.

Based on the assessment, Saferworld is providing conflict-sensitive technical support to strengthen land governance processes and is advocating for timely intervention to prevent the spread of violence and to solve the conflict peacefully.

Read the briefing here.

People First: Saferworld's Strategic Plan 2014-17

This month we published People First, Saferworld's Strategic Plan for 2014-17.

The strategy builds on Saferworld’s legacy and established areas of work, and sets out five key objectives Saferworld will work towards over the course of the next three years. These areas focus on security and justice, gender, arms and other external conflict drivers, conflict sensitivity, and inclusive processes for peace.

The full strategy, as well as a short overview, is available on our resource page here.

Addressing external stresses

How can the post-2015 global development framework help address ‘external stresses’ – those transnational factors which can fuel conflict within a country but are driven by dynamics beyond its borders?

Read the summary from a seminar that bought together a cross-section of global experts to discuss transnational threats in the Hague.

Read a short briefing note that identifies some key issues as we approach final negotiations on the post-2015 agenda.

Evaluating impacts of peacebuilding interventions

In collaboration with CDA and Search for Common Ground, we examine the issues inherent in evaluating impacts of peacebuilding interventions and aims to ensure evaluation designs are appropriate, robust and conflict-sensitive.

Read the paper here.

UK National Arms Exports

In March 2014 the UK Government updated its Consolidated Criteria for Arms Export Licensing for the first time since 2000. In this comparison developed by the UK NGO Working Group on Arms, we examine the changes in the consolidated criteria and highlight where there are still differences with the EU Common Position.

Read the comparison here.


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