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November 2013

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Welcome to the November 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 participatory approaches to peacebuilding in Pakistan

In many parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) challenges and inaccessibility mean few national or international non-governmental organisations can operate.

Local civil society organisations (CSOs) are providing a range of essential services and support to local communities. This joint assessment by local partner CAMP and Saferworld analyses the needs and capacities of community-based local CSOs to conduct participatory approaches to peacebuilding and provides practical recommendations to  further develop their skills in this field.

Read the report: "Promoting participatory approaches to peacebuilding": A civil society needs assessment in Khyber Paktunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Women, peace and security

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Credit: UN photo/AndreaBrizzi

Last week saw the 13th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), on women, peace and security. Despite a number of related subsequent UNSCRs the Security Council has come under criticism for focussing on sexual violence in conflict at the expense of women's participation, and for a lack of implementation by states.

Hannah Wright explores how the recent UNSCR2122 has put women’s participation and leadership back on the agenda.

Read the comment piece.

Reaching communities through theatre in Bangladesh

Watching a performance

Local communities in south western Bangladesh are finding their own solutions to the safety and security issues affecting them, setting up action committees with the support of Saferworld partner BRAC.

In this case study we look at how popular theatre is being used to raise awareness and promote discussion among communities about local safety and security issues.

Read the case study.

Community security: Rethinking policy and strategy for modern security challenges

Unchecked instability in conflict-affected and fragile contexts has the potential to affect the national security of Western states directly. The United States is failing to implement a conflict-sensitive response to security challenges and must reprioritise US security policy and operations towards a community security approach.

Read the briefing here.

India and post-2015

Following a recent scoping visit, our latest blog on rising powers and the post-2015 development agenda explores the Indian government's approach to development cooperation - finding that the post-2015 framework is seen as a less important aspect of its agenda.

Read the blog here.

Arms Trade Treaty - turning words into action

114 states have now signed and eight have ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). A group of nine arms control experts from Africa, China and Europe have welcomed the signatures but emphasise that the international community must continue to push for further signatures and, crucially, for its implementation.

Read the comment piece here.

European Development Days 2013 (EDD13) forum

On the 26-27 November Saferworld will participate in the European Development Days 2013 (EDD13) forum. A major event in the EU calendar this year's focus will be on the post-2015 development agenda.

Saferworld’s Director of Programmes El Khidir Daloum will speak on the high-level panel session: ‘Post-2015: Objective peace’ while Head of Policy Larry Attree will sit on an expert panel entitled ‘Tackling conflict and violence post-2015: towards an effective accountability framework’.

Visit the EUDD13 website for more information.

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