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May 2014

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Welcome to the May 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 

Land conflict in Northern Uganda


Violent conflict in Northern Uganda is finally subsiding after three decades, and government programmes are in place to speed up the region’s recovery and development. However, peace is bringing its own challenges to security – competition over access to minerals and land ownership is increasing and already causing violent conflict.

Based on field research and interviews in seven districts in Northern Uganda our report Beyond the reach of the hoe explores the relationships between conflicts over land and natural resources with issues concerning gender relations, youth, and overall conflict reduction in Northern Uganda.

Read the report here.

Putting people over politics in Bangladesh

Elections in January this year left Bangladesh in political stasis. The election boycott by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party handed the Awami League a landslide victory and left the country with no credible mainstream opposition. In a blog written for the Development Progress hub, Saferworld's conflict and security adviser Will Bennett explores the current political crisis in Bangladesh and the response of communities.

Despite political violence around the elections at the community level, the country has largely remained stable. However, an immediate focus on human security and credible justice is needed to ensure peace holds.

Read the blog here.

'What we need is peace'

In the run up to last year's elections in Kenya we worked with local partners, communities, authorities and election management actors in areas that were likely to see a repeat of the 2007-08 election violence which claimed over 1,300 lives.

In a new three-minute video featuring interviews with communities, staff, and partners we look at the impact the project had on peace and security in Kenya.

Watch the video here.

Post-2015 and external stresses that lead to conflict

Feeding into our work on the post-2015 agenda, our latest discussion paper considers evidence on seven key transnational ‘external stress’ factors that lead to conflict. Based on our analysis, four external stresses are identified for inclusion in the post-2015 development framework: illicit financial flows, arms, drugs, and conflict commodities, for which we present possible target indicators.

Read the discussion paper here.

Building youth capacity in Yemen

A new case studies from our Amplifying Youth Voices network in Yemen focuses on two youth advocates who have been actively building the capacity of young people to feed into local policy and law-making, participate in urban social projects, and advocate for positive change in Taiz.

Read the case study here.

Watch Yemen's youth in transition - a documentary.

Post-2015 - informal comments to the OWG

In advance of the 11th session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals Saferworld responds to the Working Document.

Washington event

In the first of three panel discussions Saferworld, the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), Massey University, and the Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance will hold a joint event in Washington on 15 May 2014, 'Supporting transitions towards sustainable peace and security through community policing'.

For details on attending and more information please see the event page here.






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