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Improving community security

Community security is about putting people in the driving seat and helping them to improve their experiences of safety and security

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Promoting inclusive peacebuilding processes

Sustainable peace is only possible when everybody feels that they have a stake and a say in the future

Picture: Constructive alternatives to counter-terrorism

Constructive alternatives to counter-terrorism

Current approaches to counter-terror and stabilisation are yielding mixed results at best. More constructive alternatives could help to identify paths to long-term peace

Picture: Developing the security and justice sectors

Developing the security and justice sectors

To be successful, efforts to develop security and justice must take into account the needs of local people

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Understanding gender, peace and security

Conflict and insecurity affect women, men, boys and girls differently and this shapes the dynamics of every conflict

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Effective arms controls

Better control of global arms transfers is critical to prevent conflict and promote peace

Picture: Taking action on light weapons proliferation

Taking action on light weapons proliferation

Guns, rifles and automatic weapons are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide each year

Picture: Ensuring aid supports peace in conflict-affected states

Ensuring aid supports peace in conflict-affected states

International aid should help build sustainable peace – but too often it does not

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Rising powers and peacebuilding

The rise of new actors like China, India and Brazil is having a major impact on the dynamics of conflict around the world

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Promoting conflict sensitive approaches

Aid inevitably creates ‘winners’ and ‘losers’, so sensitive approaches are needed to ensure it supports, not undermines, peace

Picture: Building global action to prevent violent conflict

Building global action to prevent violent conflict

How can the international community have a more positive impact on the prospects for peace?

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2030 Agenda

How can the new Sustainable Development Goals help prevent violence and insecurity?

Picture: Addressing transnational drivers of conflict

Addressing transnational drivers of conflict

In today’s inter-connected world, transnational factors such as illicit arms flows and violent ‘extremism’ are playing an increasingly important role in contributing to violence in many countries.

VIOLENT CONFLICT is an ever-present threat in many parts of the world and is almost always about power and resources.

Whether people feel included or excluded and whether they have fair access to jobs and basic services like the police, courts, hospitals and schools plays a key part in conflict dynamics. These are the fundamental issues that can lead to grievances building up, sowing the seeds of violent conflict.

This issues section of the site tries to explain current thinking on key conflict issues from inside and outside Saferworld, and provides relevant examples of Saferworld’s programme work. We use evidence and experience from our in-country programmes to make recommendations to international policy makers which leads to real changes on the ground.

Read more about Saferworld’s strategy to prevent violent conflict.