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Research, policy and analysis is a fundamental part of our work to prevent violent conflict and promote peace. Read the latest comment and analysis from Saferworld staff and outside experts.




The London Conference is over, but the hard work of building peace in Somalia continues

Now that the conference is over, the international community and Somali leaders need to focus their efforts on realising peacebuilding and statebuilding, ensuring that funds are spent accountably, and guaranteeing that civil society has a meaningful stake in a strong and peaceful Somalia.

12 May 2017 - Joanne Crouch

The countering violent extremism agenda risks undermining women who need greater support

There is a risk that the women, peace and security agenda could be co-opted by efforts to counter violent extremism. In her latest comment piece, Anna Möller-Loswick explains why it should be prioritised and implemented in its own right. 

26 April 2017 - Anna Möller-Loswick

Spend better, not less: The challenge for UK aid effectiveness

Following the release of two IDC reports on the use of private contractors for the UK's development projects, Tim Midgley looks at how programmes can be improved in conflict-affected contexts.

11 April 2017 - Tim Midgley

Democratisation in Somalia: reflections on 2016 and beyond

Saferworld, PUNSAA and SOSCENSA held an event on 6 March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya, to reflect upon the 2016-17 electoral process in Somalia

4 April 2017 - Oliver Chevreau

Two years of war: supporting Yemeni civil society’s path to peace

On the second anniversary of Yemen’s war, states and international organisations must step up their support to the vital peacebuilding and development work being done by Yemeni civil society and include them in national peace talks. 

26 March 2017 - Saba Albess

Time for European values, not fear, to take centre stage in migration response

In the run-up to the European Council meetings this week, Saferworld urges the EU to uphold its values and refrain from pursuing short-term strategies that reinforce conflict dynamics.

8 March 2017

Counter-terror in Tunisia: job done or mission misunderstood?

Following a number of high-profile terror attacks, Lola Aliaga and Kloe Tricot O'Farrell urge international actors to focus their efforts on addressing exclusive and abusive governance, corruption and marginalisation in order to support a peaceful and sustainable democratic transition in Tunisia.

2 March 2017 - Kloe Tricot O'Farrell, Lola Aliaga

Four questions for democratisation in Somalia

Somalia has elected new president Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo in an indirect selection process. Work towards one-person-one-vote elections must begin right away.

9 February 2017 - Oliver Chevreau, Ali Aden Abdi

UK peacebuilding organisations call for action on Aleppo

The crisis in eastern Aleppo is a tragic testimony to our collective failure to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.

13 December 2016

Challenges and opportunities for peace and security cooperation

Bernardo Mariani and Chloë Gotterson take a look at EU-China efforts to promote peace and security in Africa, outlining successes and challenges.

28 November 2016 - Bernardo Mariani, Chloë Gotterson

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