Photo credit: Karen Wykurz/Saferworld
Photo credit: Karen Wykurz/Saferworld

Europe and Central Asia

Central Asia and the Caucasus are connected by a shared Soviet legacy and mutual security challenges. These include police corruption, ethnic tensions and violence against women, and active conflicts such as in the Caucasus. In Central Asia, political and ethnic tension can flare up into full conflict, such as in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 when hundreds of people were killed in clashes in the south of the country.

Saferworld has been active in the Caucasus since 1999 and in Central Asia since 2009, with offices in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. We help build trust and improve services by bringing people and security providers together. We encourage accountability and cooperation between communities and authorities to ensure that people’s security needs are addressed.

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