Photo credit: International IDEA
Photo credit: International IDEA

Research and policy

Saferworld conducts in-depth research to ensure our programming and advocacy is underpinned by sound analysis. Our recent research has focused on a range of objectives, from understanding the attitudes and perceptions of community members towards democratic reforms to how federal state formation is impacting governance and reconciliation in Jubaland. We also work in close partnership with Somali groups and partners to build their research capacity and ensure that research is grounded in their understanding of conflict, governance and state formation.

Our research has explored how communities perceive conflict actors such as clans, the government and non-state armed actors, such as Al Shabaab. Building on existing research in Jubaland, Saferworld is looking at the need for political agreements in Somalia to help create peace and stability. Our research, which spans South West State, Jubaland and Benadir, analyses current political and conflict dynamics and changes to the context that could help or hurt potential peace agreements. It will also analyse best practices from other countries’ approaches to conflict including Algeria, Colombia, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. Understanding both successes and failures from these cases will help build a body of knowledge that can produce recommendations for Somalia to build a lasting peace.

Saferworld’s Somalia and Somaliland team conducts advocacy across all our programmes of work, engaging international and Somali decision makers on policy and practice recommendations informed through our experience in and knowledge of the context. Advocacy has addressed issues of democratisation and good governance, gender equality, peacebuilding and how the international community can better engage Somalia to tackle issues that are of concern to Somalis.


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