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November 2014

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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 

Youth voices in Yemen

This short film looks at issues surrounding the role of youth in Yemen following the end of the National Dialogue Conference, including how young people feel about the current situation for youth in Yemen and what they want to change in the future.

Young activists share their experiences of being part of Saferworld’s 'Amplifying Youth Voices' project and how it has helped them to enhance their activism and advocacy work within their own communities. It also highlights the role that Yemeni civil society can play in encouraging and supporting youth in future programmes, and the importance of creating new communication channels between Yemen’s youth movements and policy makers and other activists.

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Improving local security through better police-community relations


In Bangladesh, Nepal, South Sudan, and Tajikistan, Saferworld has established community security programmes that focus on building trusting relationships between communities and security providers. Our EU Advocacy Officer Kloe Tricot O'Farrell highlights how this approach is enabling them to address the causes, consequences, and risks of conflict and insecurity together and find joint solutions to strengthen the conditions for sustainable peace.

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Documenting change through photos in Bangladesh

“It’s an innovative project, to take photos and prepare a story which can be easily visible and understandable to others, no such other techniques can make the issues that clear.” Mir Masud, project participant.

As part of our Bangladesh community security project, last year we launched an innovative new participatory photography project. After a two-day workshop on using photography to tell stories and making the most out of a camera, 25 people from a cross-section of communities were lent cameras to document their lives, particularly their own local safety and security concerns. Participants included Community Action Committee members, housewives, teachers, youth group members, journalists, and field staff from our partner BRAC.

Twelve months on, the project has given participants the opportunity to document their lives, a diverse range of issues, and incidents affecting their local communities. Participants have also captured some of the outcomes of the community security project, documenting the work of the Community Action Committees over time.

See the participants' photos

The photography project will continue for the durration of our wider community security project, visually documenting change.

Beijing, 1325 and beyond: taking women, peace and security back to its roots

On the anniversary of UNSCR 1325, Saferworld's Hannah Wright examines how the women, peace and security agenda has narrowed in the 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action, and why the international community should take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

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Annual Review 2013-14

This year’s Annual Review highlights achievements during the final year of our 2011-14 strategic plan. As well as updates from our programme and policy work, the review includes case studies, partner profiles and summary financial information.

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Read the multimedia version

VIDEO: gender issues in Nepal

Sumnima Tuladhar from Nepali child rights organisation CWIN talks about the issues of gender-based violence and discrimination, the challenges faced by women activists in Nepal, and how CWIN works with communities and the government to strengthen women's voices.

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Rising powers and peacebuilding: what can Brazil contribute to stability and development?

Brazil’s role in Guinea Bissau, where it has focused attention on underdevelopment as a root cause of instability, points to its wider priority in international peacebuilding, argue Adriana Erthal Abdenur and Danilo Marcondes-Neto.

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Sustainable Development Goals: The Quest for a Post-2015 Agenda

As discussions around the new post-2015 development agenda intensify, on 13-14 August the Observer Research Foundation in India and Saferworld hosted a workshop in Delhi to foster greater understanding of perspectives on the sustainable development goals.

This briefing provides a summary of some of the key issues raised by participants during the workshop.

Read the briefing

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