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The Post-2015 debate

The Millennium Development Goals are set to expire at the end of 2015, the framework that succeeds them must include key peacebuilding priorities within it.

The debate is now in full swing on what kind of global development framework should succeed the Millenium Development Goals (MDG's) which will expire in 2015.  A huge range of interest groups are involved in this, weighing the relative importance of human goods such as poverty reduction, empowerment of women, sustainability, equality, human rights, and universal employment. The world’s to do list turns out to be perplexingly long, but there is growing recognition that addressing conflict and violence needs to be high up the list. For example, the Brookings Institute has projected that ‘whereas only 20 percent of the world’s poor lived in fragile states in 2005, this share is rising sharply and will exceed 50 percent by 2014’. In 2012, the UN Task Team on the post-2015 framework acknowledged that “Violent conflict has become the largest obstacle to the MDGs”.

Building on the increasing recognition that conflict and violence are the most significant factors holding back human development, Saferworld has been working with others to ensure that the post-2015 framework which replaces the MDGs takes account of the connections between development, conflict and violence.

From a peace perspective, we believe the new development framework needs to achieve three things:

  • it should motivate donor and recipient governments, development agencies and civil society to prevent conflict, build peace and to be more conflict-sensitive
  • it should reflect the best available evidence of how to build peace successfully
  • it should take account of the needs and perspectives of people in conflict-affected and fragile states

To do this it will need to combine universal, global commitments that governments can be held accountable for, with a clear and appealing message, and the flexibility to be taken forward in locally appropriate, context-sensitive ways.

Through our London, Brussels and Washington DC offices we have been engaged extensively with donor countries and the wider development community. Saferworld has promoted a focus on peace in the post-2015 framework through key networks such as the CSO Platform on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, Beyond 2015, Civicus, BOND, EPLO, FriEnt and GADN. With partners such as the Quaker UN office, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Cordaid and the OECD’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility, we organised meetings targeting senior officials and ministers.

Saferworld also helped compile joint statements by civil society. For example, in September 2012, 56 CSOs around the world joined us in calling for the inclusion of peace in the post-2015 development framework. We co-sponsored a team of CSOs from fragile states to take these advocacy messages to key meetings on peace and the post-2015 agenda during the opening of the 67th UN General Assembly, where they addressed the High Level Panel on Post-2015 meeting of heads of state and key ministers.

We presented on how peace should be addressed in the post-2015 framework at key meetings. In the UK these included the BOND Annual Conference and at a global biennial conference of DFID advisers. While at the international level we presented to a ministerial meeting of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, two high-level OECD events, and the UN global thematic consultation on conflict, violence and disasters. 

Going forward, our work will focus on three things: firstly, helping to craft credible policy options; secondly, activating supportive stakeholders to promote commitments to reduce violence and prevent conflict in the new framework; thirdly, persuading those who are likely to be cautious about bringing peace into the post-2015 framework that doing so can serve their best interests.

Rising powers and post-2015

Due to their rapid economic growth and/or their continental influence, Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Turkey all play a significant role on the world stage.  These rising powers will be key to developing and agreeing a credible and effective post-2015 framework. In 2013 we began a new project ‘Rising Powers and post-2015’ which will entail in-depth research and analysis about the relevant policies and positions of all five rising powers.

European Development Days 2013

In November 2013 Saferworld participated in the European Development Days 2013 (EDD13) forum which focussed on post-2015. Saferworld was a key stakeholder for the forum and has led on the development of two panel discussions on the topic of ‘fragile states, peace and security’: ‘Post-2015: objective peace’ and “Tackling conflict and violence post-2015

Issue papers:

These papers examine existing evidence and arguments - and pose key questions to help inform a productive global conversation about the place of conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the post-2015 development framework.

Issue paper overview

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Featured projects

Rising powers and post-2015

A new project launched in 2013 aims to broaden support for addressing conflict and violence within the post-2015 development framework through increased policy dialogue with Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Turkey.


Multimedia - Influencing the debate

View our new multimedia gallery to see our influential engagement with international processes to promote the inclusion of peace and security in the post-2015 development framework