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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.