Saferworld

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security.

The organisation works with governments, international organisations and civil society to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development and through supporting the actions of others.

Established in 1989, they work in Africa, Asia and Europe. Staff are based in offices in London and Nairobi, and in all the regions in which the organisation operates.

Saferworld receives funding from a range of donors including governments, the European Commission, trusts and individuals. Find out more about funders on the funding page and how you can support them.

Vision

Saferworld believes that everyone should be able to lead peaceful fulfilling lives, free from insecurity and violent conflict.

Mission

Saferworld contributes to the achievement of this vision by fulfilling their organisational mission:

Saferworld works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. It works with governments, international organisations and civil society to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development and through supporting the actions of others.

Values

  • Saferworld is an independent organisation that strives for accountability, transparency and integrity.
  • Saferworld brings about long-term sustainable change by bringing together and working with international, national and local partners.
  • Saferworld strives to be a diverse organisation working inclusively and respecting the views of others.

For more visit www.saferworld.org.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7324 4646
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7324 4647
Email: communications@saferworld.org.uk
The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square
N1 6HT London
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Project Coordinator

Location: Rumbek, South Sudan, The Republic of
Application Deadline: 18/05/2017 12:00 am

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the successful delivery and expansion of Saferworld’s South Sudan programme of work on community security, community policing, and peacebuilding in Rumbek, and cutting across different programme funding streams. Saferworld's Community Security and peace building programme enables communities, civil society organisations (CSOs), and other actors to engage more effectively with the state and nonstate security providers, including the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS), and other authorities to improve safety and security. Saferworld implements this programme in partnership with local organisations.

For full application details on the vacancy Project Coordinator, kindly follow the link. 

Vacancy

Project Coordinator, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)

Location: Rumbek, South Sudan, The Republic of
Application Deadline: 27/04/2017 12:00 am

The primary purpose is to provide overall oversight of the SALW Project. The job-holder will be responsible for ensuring that:

  • Context analyses are completed, disseminated to stakeholders, and used to inform Community Action Plans (CAPs);
  • Conflict- and gender- sensitive CAPs that address SALWs issues are jointly developed and regularly updated by Community Action Groups (CAGs);
  • CAPs are successfully implemented through small grants to support community-based solutions to identified SALW priorities;
  • Tested methodologies for a community-driven approach to enhance SALW control are developed and disseminated to all relevant stakeholders;
  • Inclusion and empowerment of women and youth is integrated as a pivotal part of the above mentioned processes and activities.

For a full description of the Project Coordinator, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) job opening, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Learning Manager - Addressing the Root Causes of Conflict (ARC) programmes

Location: Kampala, Nairobi, Kenya Uganda
Application Contact: Marie Aziz (jobs@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 02/04/2017 11:55 pm

The post-holder will lead in the development and implementation of a learning strategy across the ARC programmes that supports a cross-organisational agenda and links to programmes and policy staff throughout the organisation.

Vacancy

Project Officer – Governance and Peacebuilding

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Application Deadline: 23/03/2017 12:00 am

The Project Officer is responsible for the implementation of governance and peacebuilding activities within the Kenya Programme. The Officer assists in the preparation of work plans, budgets, and technical reports in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator of the programme and directly oversees on-the-ground implementation activities. The post holder will work with the Project Manager and implementing partners to follow-up and, upon receiving information act in a timely and effective manner. In addition, the Project Officer will consistently follow up with key partners to ensure timely reporting on project implementation by partners.

For a full description of the Project Officer – Governance and Peacebuilding job opening, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Project Manager – Governance and Peacebuilding

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Application Deadline: 23/03/2017 12:00 am

As member of Saferworld’s Africa Programme and Kenya team the Project Manager will contribute to the development and implementation of Saferworld’s work in Kenya. S/he will work as part of the team in close cooperation with partners covering themes of governance and peacebuilding, security and justice and arms control in Kenya. The job purpose is to participate in the development and implementation of Saferworld’s programme of work in Kenya, focusing particularly on issues of justice, governance and peacebuilding.

For a full description of the Project Manager – Governance and Peacebuilding job opening, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Operations and Administration Assistant

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Application Deadline: 12/03/2017 12:00 am

Saferworld is seeking an experienced Operations and Administration Assistant to join our team in Nairobi. The person appointed will be responsible for providing administrative and logistical support to Saferworld’s Kenya and Somalia/Somaliland programmes.

For a full description of the Operations and Administration Assistant job opening, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Project Coordinator - Conflict & Land

Location: Uganda
Application Deadline: 03/02/2017 12:00 am

The post-holder will support the effective delivery of the project ‘Strengthening conflict-sensitive and rights-based approaches to land governance in Northern Uganda’, and will be responsible for the regular day-to-day implementation, documentation, and operations of project activities.

For a full description of the Project Coordinator - Conflict & Land job opening, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Conflict and Security Adviser (gender-focused)

Location: London, United Kingdom
Application Deadline: 02/11/2016 12:00 am

The exact focus will depend on the expertise of the successful candidate in relation to the needs of the team, but the successful candidate will have policy and programmatic expertise on gender, and at least another one of the following two thematic areas:
- Security and justice
- Conflict sensitivity
Saferworld’s policy advisers are expected to show considerable leadership within the organisation, and the successful candidate will be asked to make a significant contribution to these objectives. The Adviser may also be required to contribute support in other policy priority areas.

To access the full description of the Conflict and Security Adviser (gender-focused) job opening, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Project Officer, Governance and Peacebuilding | Saferworld

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Application Deadline: 11/09/2016 12:00 am

Saferworld is looking for a Project Officer responsible for the implementation of governance and peacebuilding activities within the Kenya Programme, in close cooperation with partners covering themes of governance and peacebuilding, security and justice and arms control in Kenya. The Officer will lead in the preparation of work plans, budgets, and technical reports in collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation coordinator of the program and will directly oversee on-the-ground implementation activities.

Excellent written and spoken English and Swahili are needed.

To access the information about the Project Officer, Governance and Peacebuilding - Saferworld job opening, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

NSAP Research Adviser | Saferworld

Location: Nairobi or Hargeisa , Somalia Somaliland
Application Deadline: 31/07/2016 12:00 am

The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate and oversee research related activities carried out under our Somalia/land Non State Actors (NSA) project in support of programme objectives. 

For access to the full job description for NSAP Research Adviser, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Project Coordinator – South Sudan

Location: Yambio, South Sudan, The Republic of
Application Deadline: 11/07/2016 12:00 am

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the successful delivery and expansion of Saferworld’s South Sudan programme of work on community security, community policing, and peacebuilding in Western Equatoria State, and cutting across different programme funding streams.

To access the full Project Coordinator – South Sudan position, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Evaluator/Evaluating Team for Community Security Programme in South Sudan

Application Contact: (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 05/06/2016 12:00 am

In July 2012 Saferworld began a four-year, multi-country programme entitled “Improving the conditions for reconstruction and development in Bangladesh, South Sudan and Yemen” supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In all three countries their work is guided by Saferworld’s Community Security approach which is about helping to make sustainable improvements to people’s perceptions and experiences of safety and security. The approach focuses on understanding what makes communities feel insecure and finding locally appropriate ways of responding to these causes in partnership with local authorities and police. Saferworld is looking for an experienced evaluator/evaluation team to conduct a final evaluation of the work undertaken in South Sudan as part of this multi-country programme. Separate consultancies will be advertised for Bangladesh and Yemen.

For full access to the job description of Evaluator/Evaluating Team for Community Security Programme in South Sudan, kindly follow the link. 

Vacancy

Funding Officer | Saferworld

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Application Deadline: 12/05/2016 12:00 am

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. Sarferworld works with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others.

The organisation works on or in more than 20 countries and territories including the Horn and Great Lakes regions of Africa, with programmes in Kenya, Somalia/land, Uganda and South Sudan.  Over 140 members of staff are located in the London headquarters and regional offices.  Funding comes from a range of donors including governments, the European Commission and charitable trusts.

The organisation’s funding team is responsible for managing fundraising activities across the organisation and currently manages grants in excess of £10 million.  The regional Funding Officer will work closely with the Regional Funding Manager to support the administration of the regional grant portfolio and the implementation of the funding strategy.

Person specification

  • A minimum of two year’s relevant experience with a good understanding and experience of the fundraising environment, the principles of fundraising.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in the third sector would be an advantage. Relevant coursework is highly desirable.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure
  • Ability to plan and work within agreed timeframes for complex tasks
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to understand and generate budgets
  • Excellent written and spoken English 

For more information, kindly follow this link.

Vacancy

Project Officer | Saferworld

Location: Hargeisa, Somalia
Period: 31/12/2016
Application Contact: (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 20/04/2016 12:00 am

Saferworld’s programme of work in Somalia/land has three components: strengthening Somali non-state actors (NSA)'s participation in decision-making on peace, security and development, entailing engagement through civil society on democratisation processes in Somalia and Somaliland inclusive of the Somaliland 2017 elections and the Somalia 2016 political transition process, and researching into federalisation and reconciliation in Jubaland. The Project Officer position will be dedicated to the first programmatic aim, but will engage with other components as and where required.

The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate activities carried out under Saferworld’s Somalia/land Non-State Actors project in support of programme objectives.

For full access to the job description, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Call for expressions of interest: National ATT assessment for Liberia | Consultant

Location: Liberia
Application Deadline: 23/03/2016 12:00 am

In April-May 2016 Saferworld is undertaking an assessment of Liberia’s capacity to implement the
Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the cooperation of the Liberian Government. This is part of Saferworld’s work on promoting and supporting effective implementation of the ATT , with a particular focus on states with significant capacity constraints and development challenges.

Saferworld is looking for a consultant to

  • undertake with Roy Isbister two accompanied assessment visits to Liberia, which will involve interviews with relevant actors in Liberia and potential inspection of relevant sites (e.g. border posts) as required
  • undertake preparatory desk research of the general Liberian context, and Liberian legislation and regulations as required, and
  • support the drafting of the assessment report.

For more details, kindly follow this link.

Vacancy

Project Coordinator – South Sudan

Location: Torit, Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan, The Republic of
Application Deadline: 21/03/2016 12:00 am

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the successful delivery of Saferworld’s community
security activities in Torit, Eastern Equatoria Sate, and for linking with other Saferworld South Sudan programme streams and advocacy work nationally and internationally.

For more details, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Yemen Project Coordinator – Gender

Location: Sana’a, Yemen
Application Contact: Marie Aziz (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 27/03/2016 12:00 am

The role of the Project Coordinator is to ensure the delivery of Saferworld's gender, peace and security programme. S/he will support research processes and our CSO partners and local gender networks; help establish women peace and security groups in two locations and support the implementation of local level initiatives to conduct community dialogues and awareness-raising activities.

For the full job description, kindly follow the link.

Vacancy

Head of Middle East and North Africa Programme (MENA)

Location: London, United Kingdom
Application Contact: (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 14/03/2016 12:00 am

The Head of MENA will ensure the effective implementation of Saferworld's organisational strategy through country and operational plans within the region, providing leadership, guidance and support to the team, in close cooperation with key Saferworld stakeholders. The post holder will contribute regularly to the organisation's learning and strategy development as a member of the Organisational Management team.

The position is currently responsible for promoting cooperative approaches to conflict prevention and security in the region. Guided by Saferworld’s organisational strategic priorities and areas of expertise, the post holder will also lead on the development of new and complementary initiatives to deepen the programme’s contribution to conflict prevention and peaceful change in the MENA region and its significant spill-over effects. This will include engaging on perceptions and policies informing the EU’s response to the crisis, including a deeper understanding of the root causes of the conflicts, promoting constructive approaches to counter terrorism, and challenging assumptions and debates around the mass movement of peoples.

For the full job description, kindly follow the link

Vacancy

Project Officer - Myanmar

Application Contact: (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 09/03/2016 5:00 pm

The Project Officer will support the effective delivery of Saferworld's community safety project and will be responsible for the regular day-to-day implementation, documentation and operations of project activities. 

This position is an exciting opportunity to play a role in Saferworld’s new country office and a multifaceted programme. As the programme portfolio develops, the post-holder will contribute learning generated by this project into Saferworld’s evolving strategy in Myanmar and the organisation as a whole.

For the full job description, kindly follow the link

Vacancy

Area Project Manager - South Sudan (Community Security and Peacebuilding)

Application Deadline: 03/03/2016 12:00 am

The Area Project Manager will be responsible for the successful delivery and expansion of Saferworld's South Sudan programme of work on community security, community policing and peacebuilding in targeted states/locations. Saferworld's Community Security programme enables communities, civil society organisations and other actors to engage more effectively with state and non-state security providers. 

For more details, kindly follow the link

Vacancy

Area Project Manager - South Sudan (Community Security and Peacebuilding)

Application Contact: ( recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 03/03/2016 12:00 am

The Area Project Manager will be responsible for the successful delivery and expansion of Saferworld's South Sudan programme of work on community security, community policing and peacebuilding in targeted states/locations.  Saferworld's Community Security programme enables communities, civil society organisations and other actors to engage more effectively with state and non-state security providers. 

For more details, kindly follow the link

Vacancy

Policing Adviser - Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Period: 01/03/2016 to Indefinite
Application Contact: ( znazarova@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 06/03/2016 12:00 am

The role of the Policing Advisor is to work closely with, and support the programme team in, promoting people-centred security provision in Tajikistan and the Central Asia region. This includes support in the assessment, planning and implementation of community security/policing, police reform and other Saferworld projects in Tajikistan in ensuring they are carried out in accordance with adequate in-depth knowledge of the context; policies and practices of local and national level stakeholders especially the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the government, and international best practice. The post requires working closely with the police, authorities and local partner organisations to ensure participation of diverse groups of civil society to promote people centred security provision. S/he will also contribute to the further development of the Central Asia programme in the country and region. The position is based in Dushanbe with a substantial amount of time spent in the project target areas across Tajikistan, and some travel to the Kyrgyz Republic, primarily Osh and Bishkek.

Vacancy

Regional Development Manager, Africa

Location: Nairobi OR Kampala, Kenya
Application Contact: Marie Aziz (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk )
Application Deadline: 28/02/2016 12:00 am

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. It works with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others.

They are looking for a Regional Development Manager that will work closely with the Head of Funding to support the implementation of Saferworld’s funding strategy over the coming period for the two African regions. As most of our existing grants come from a number of governments and multilateral donors, S/he will be required to manage relations with our government and multilateral donors as well as bringing other fundraising skills to the team. The post holder will oversee the strategic development of funding sources in the region, in close coordination with the relevant Country Directors/Managers and will oversee work being conducted by two funding regional positions based in Nairobi and Kampala respectively. 

Vacancy

Project Manager Tajikistan

Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Period: 01/02/2016 to Indefinite
Application Contact: ( recruitment@saferworld.org.uk )
Application Deadline: 10/01/2016 12:00 am

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security.

The Project Manager will be responsible for the management of Saferworld’s community policing project in Tajikistan. S/he will also contribute to the further development of the Central Asia programme in the country and region. The post-holder will represent the organisation in meetings with national and international stakeholders in country and proactively engage in advocacy with them as well as fundraising with donors. The position is based in Dushanbe with a substantial amount of time spent in the project target areas across Tajikistan, and some travel to the Kyrgyz Republic, primarily Osh and Bishkek.

Vacancy

Consultancy: Peaceful, just and inclusive societies in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Location: London, United Kingdom
Application Contact: Marie Aziz (maziz@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 03/01/2016 12:00 am

Saferworld is an international non-governmental organisation working to prevent violent conflict and help build safer lives. Saferworld is looking for a consultant that will support the delivery of key commitments under Saferworld’s project to advance the implementation of the global commitment to peaceful, just and inclusive societies. S/he will be based in Saferworld’s London office and will work closely with, and under detailed instruction, from Saferworld’s Policy team

Vacancy

Head of East Africa Programme

Location: Kampala, Uganda
Application Contact: Marie Aziz (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 08/01/2016 12:00 am

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. 

Saferworld is looking for a Head of East Africa programme, who will be responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of Saferworld's country programmes in Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Sudan.  S/he will contribute to the development of broader regional interests and identify strategic opportunities for new engagements where they occur.

Vacancy

Country Director - Somalia

Location: Hargeisa/Nairobi, Kenya
Application Contact: (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 04/01/2015 12:00 am

The Country Director will provide overall leadership of the Somalia programme, ensuring effective implementation of the strategic priorities in line with organisational strategies, policies, procedures, strategic direction, operational, security and budget management. S/he will directly line manage staff, and oversee the management of other staff within the Somalia team.

Vacancy

Head of East Africa (Uganda, Sudan, Kenya Somalia/land)

Location: Kampala, Uganda
Application Contact: Marie Aziz (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 08/12/2015 12:00 am

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. The organisation is looking for a Head of East Africa, who will be responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of Saferworld’s country programmes in Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, and Sudan. The post-holder will be responsible for line-managing the Kenya Country Manager/Head of Office and Somalia Country Director who are based in Saferworld’s Nairobi and Hargeisa offices, and the Sudan Country Manager, Finance Manager, and Regional Administrator, who are based in the Kampala office.

Vacancy

Country Director - Somalia

Location: Hargeisa / Nairobi, Somalia
Application Contact: (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 04/01/2016 12:00 am

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. Saferworld is looking for a Country Director, who will provide overall leadership of the Somalia programme, ensuring effective implementation of the strategic priorities in line with organisational strategies, policies, and procedures. S/he will directly line manage staff, and oversee the management of other staff within the Somalia team.

More details: Country Director - Somalia

Vacancy

Country Representative, Pakistan

Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
Application Contact: (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 17/12/2015 12:00 am

The role of the Country Representative is to assist in the long term establishment of Saferworld's presence in Pakistan through: 

  • the development of programming proposals and securing resources to implement them
  • the successful outreach to donors and partners
  • the formal registration of Saferworld in Pakistan

This post will have a strong fundraising focus at the outset, leading to a primarily programme management role as resources are secured.

It will also involve providing strong leadership to further develop Saferworld’s Pakistan Programme, leading to the implementation of current and future activities and developing and managing relationships with international and national actors working towards a peaceful Pakistan. The post holder will be responsible for the overall management of the programme including monitoring programme delivery against Pakistan’s three year country strategy, elaborating the strategic framework for further evolution, fundraising to pursue opportunities for programme development, financial oversight and reporting to donors.

Vacancy

Yemen Project Officer, based in London

Location: London , United Kingdom
Application Contact: Marie Aziz ( recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 08/12/2015 2:00 pm

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others. The Middle East and North Africa Programme was established in 2011 and has a particular focus on Yemen, Egypt and Libya.

Saferworld is looking for a Yemen Project Officer, who will be responsible for supporting the programme’s Yemen work from London, including but not limited to supporting large projects on youth, women and community peacebuilding, and providing administrative support to our international advocacy, communications and networking activities on Yemen.

Vacancy

Yemen Project Officer, based in London

Location: London, United Kingdom
Application Contact: Marie Aziz (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 08/12/2015 2:00 pm

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others.

Saferworld is looking for a Yemen Project Officer who will be responsible for supporting the programme's work from London, including, but not limited to, supporting large projects on youth, women and community peacebuilding, and providing administrative support to our international advocacy, communications and networking activities on Yemen.

Vacancy

Programme Manager, Myanmar

Application Contact: Marie Aziz ( recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 20/11/2015 5:00 pm

Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. The candidate will manage a new 2½ year DFID-funded community safety project focused on southeast Myanmar (predominantly Kayin State). The aim is to improve the situation of vulnerable communities by improving their ability to cope with and respond to conflict and security risks, with a particular focus on marginalised and/or at-risk groups. The project includes a focus on strengthening the security of women and increasing their participation in decision-making processes. The project will work closely with civil society organisations, local communities, and relevant authorities.

More information: Programme Manager 

Vacancy

Conflict and Security Adviser

Location: London, United Kingdom
Application Contact: Marie Aziz (recruitment@saferworld.org.uk)
Application Deadline: 04/10/2015 12:00 am

The successful candidate will contribute to and lead aspects of Saferworld's policy development, research and advocacy work, and provide technical support to  our in-country programming and to external partners.

You will provide expert advice and capacity-building on:  gender, peace and security & security and justice;  and/or conflict sensitivity of external actors in conflict-affected contexts (including development and corporate engagement). 

Vacancy

Policy and Research Papers

The jirga: justice and conflict transformation

This report looks at the Jirga , a traditional gathering of elders that resolves grievances by consensus, and the role it can play in conflict transformation and resolution in the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one of the most conflict-affected areas in Pakistan.

The report, by Saferworld and Community Appraisal and Motivation Programme (CAMP), presents local perspectives on the Jirga system, the challenges it brings and areas for improvement. The research findings are drawn from consultations with local communities in Swat and Lower Dir districts as well as a range of Pakistani and international actors who have experience of the Jirga system.

The report found that as a conflict transformation and resolution tool, the Jirga could help prevent militant groups from advocating alternative forms of justice, which in the past has led to violence. The report also identified that the system could be improved by including marginalised and vulnerable groups in a manner and timeframe that is acceptable to local people. It concludes that a more representative and inclusive Jirga system would improve access to justice for all members of society and reduce local tensions and conflicts in PATA. Furthermore it recommends that Pakistan should strengthen the links between formal and informal mechanisms for justice and clarify the status and potential of Jirga to complement the judicial system.

This research is part of the EU-funded ‘People’s Peacemaking Perspectives’ project, a joint initiative implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld and financed under the European Commission's Instrument for Stability. The project provides European Union institutions with analysis and recommendations based on the opinions and experiences of local people in a range of countries and regions affected by fragility and violent conflict.

Find out more about the People's Peacemaking Perspectives project

Read the policy brief

Read the full report

Paper

Tracking key conflict and security dynamics in Karamoja - an update

This report focuses on Karamoja in north-eastern Uganda. The region has long experienced serious conflict and insecurity, severe poverty and low levels of development. Communities have been involved in cycles of cattle raiding and counter-raiding, including with border communities in Kenya and South Sudan.

The report finds that the government’s assessment of improved security and successful disarmament in Karamoja does not seem to reflect the continued insecurity felt by communities and the fact that significant numbers of illegal weapons still remain in civilian hands. The report recommends that joint planning, and building trust with communities, is essential for a successful transition from the Uganda People’s Defence Force-led to police-led civilian disarmament. Furthermore, while trust in the police generally remains high, their limited presence in the region means that they often fail to effectively protect communities. Equipping and training the police will be crucial to ensure they can better serve communities throughout Karamoja.

Building on an in-depth conflict and security assessment from 2010, the report incorporates follow-up research carried out in the districts of Moroto and Napak in 2011-12. It is primarily a qualitative study, taking in the views and experiences of a range of actors including local people, security and law enforcement agencies, government officials and aid agencies. It emphasizes that local perceptions of safety and security need to guide decisions regarding civilian disarmament, security and development.

The research is part of the EU-funded ‘People’s Peacemaking Perspectives’ project, a joint initiative implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld and financed under the European Commission's Instrument for Stability. The project provides European Union institutions with analysis and recommendations based on the opinions and experiences of local people in a range of countries and regions affected by fragility and violent conflict.

Read the briefing

Read the full report

Find out more about the People's Peacemaking Perspectives Project

Paper

Public protest and visions for change

Understanding how young men and women in Yemen, who make up 75 percent of the population, perceive the drivers of Yemen’s current crisis and possible solutions needs to be an integral part of finding a lasting settlement and achieving sustainable peace.

 Yemen’s civil protest movement is the largest in Yemeni history and the longest-running of the Arab Spring uprisings. Young protestors across the country have come together, giving unprecedented hope to millions of Yemenis. Building on consultations with young men and women from diverse backgrounds in four major cities in Yemen, Public protest and visions for change Yemen offers a detailed snapshot of the main grievances driving the protests, youth ideas on transition and some of the innovative solutions and surprisingly positive conclusions they are drawing. Yemeni youth are not just voicing a set of grievances; many have begun to articulate visions for a more inclusive political system. Their perspectives are supplemented by interviews with politicians, religious and tribal authorities, businessmen, youth and women leaders, and experts on Yemen.

The report is part of Saferworld’s EU-funded ‘People’s Peacemaking Perspectives’ project, a joint initiative implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld and financed under the European Commission's Instrument for Stability. The project provides European Union institutions with analysis and recommendations based on the opinions and experiences of local people in a range of countries and regions affected by fragility and violent conflict.

Read the full report

Read the policy brief

Find out more about People's Peacemaking Perspectives

Paper

Improving the Understanding and Use of Participatory Approaches in EU Security-Building Programmes (2010).pdf

Over the past decade or so, the EU has gradually adopted the concept of ‘human security’ in its support for security and justice programming. A commitment to human security implies that security and justice strategies and programmes should proactively seek to take into account and address citizens’ needs and concerns, as primary recipients of security and justice provision. One way to ensure these requirements are met is to promote public participation in the design, implementation and monitoring of security and justice mechanisms.
The EU has a number of policies, tools and frameworks which commit its institutions to taking a ‘participatory approach’ to programming, including in the areas of security and justice. These commitments are gradually, if unevenly, being translated into practice. However, research by the Initiative for Peacebuilding (IfP) Security Cluster has identified a number of institutional, cultural and operational challenges which hinder the understanding and use of participatory approaches by EU institutions. This paper gives an overview of the challenges faced by EU actors in understanding and using participatory approaches and suggests steps that EU institutions can take to overcome them.

Paper

Justice should be blind, but is the international community’s support to informal justice mechanisms in Nepal given blindly?

Support for justice provision, both formal and informal, constitutes a significant element of donor assistance in Nepal. An initial shift towards supporting informal justice mechanisms (IJMs) began during the decade-long violent conflict between the state and the Maoists that continued until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2006. Donors have since renewed support for the reform and trengthening of the formal justice sector, but have continued to support IJMs. In particular, they have supported ‘new’ IJMs such as paralegal and community mediation committees. These systems today make up one layer of an increasingly complex matrix of formal and informal justice mechanisms, which include both traditional and other non-donor supported IJMs.
This paper builds on questions raised by earlier Saferworld research into IJMs, conducted between November 2009 and April 2010. This research revealed a complex and seemingly disjointed patchwork of donor-supported IJM projects, most of which were operating at a fairly small scale and without clear links either to formal or to other informal justice mechanisms. The research raised a number of challenging questions, including how and why donors first began supporting new IJMs, whether and how these new systems contribute to the strengthening of a broader system of justice in Nepal and to what extent their creation has supported ongoing peacebuilding efforts across the country.

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North Caucasus: Views from within

The research project The North Caucasus: views from within focuses on issues of social difference, such as ethnicity, religion, generational difference and migration, and the challenges arising from these. It considers local perspectives on these challenges; how people seek to address them; and what they consider needs to be done to resolve them. It involved the collaboration of international and Russian experts, including researchers from the North Caucasus, and institutional partnership between the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Saferworld. The work focused on five republics in the North Caucasus: Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Dagestan, and Kabardino-Balkaria.

Our research shows that social and political conditions for people on the ground – particularly for youth, who feel excluded from both economic and political life – do little to defend society against the influence of ideological extremism. More engagement with the problems affecting young people, and improved governance, including in the security and justice sectors, can help build resilience to violence.

The English version of the report is titled, The North Caucasus: views from within People’s Perspectives on Peace and Security . In addition to the main report, five case studies from the individual republics will shortly be uploaded to the Saferworld website.

The Russian version is titled The North Caucasus: views from within - Challenges and problems for social and political development . The five republic case studies are included within the report.

The research forms part of the EU-funded ‘People’s Peacemaking Perspectives’ project, a joint initiative implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld and financed under the European Commission's Instrument for Stability. The project provides European Union institutions with analysis and recommendations based on the opinions and experiences of local people in a range of countries and regions affected by fragility and violent conflict.

Read the report

Read the policy brief

Find out more about the People's Peacemaking Perspectives project

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Monitoring and Evaluation Arrangements for the Justice Law and Order Sector in Uganda: A Case Study

This case study report presents research findings on the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) arrangements of a long-running justice sector development programme in Uganda (hereafter JLOS – Justice Law and Order Sector). It is one of five case studies carried out as part of the Saferworld project, 'Evaluating for Security: Developing specific guidance on monitoring and evaluating Security Sector Reform interventions’.1 Together with a wider desk review and supplementary research into the broader M&E systems used by the major SSR donors, the case studies provide an evidence base from which specific guidance on monitoring and evaluating SSR can be developed.

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Evaluating for Security and Justice - Challenges and Opportunities for Improved Monitoring and Evaluation of Security System Reform Programmes

This report brings together the results of a research project on the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of security system reform (SSR) programmes. It focuses particularly on donor-supported SSR programmes, but with reference throughout to local ownership of and capacity for M&E activities. The report seeks to answer four questions about the M&E of SSR:

  • Specific challenges of the M&E of SSR: What challenges apply to the M&E of SSR and security and justice institutions and what, if anything, is distinct about this area?
  • Content and process: What should we be measuring when monitoring and evaluating SSR and how?
  • Available resources: What existing resources can be drawn upon from within the field or from related disciplines to assist in developing specific guidance on M&E of SSR?
  • Demand: Who are the most obvious users of tailored guidance on this subject and what do they need?

The report does not in itself constitute a guidance document on the M&E of SSR, but provides material from which tailored guidance could be prepared to meet the needs of interested parties.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Arrangements for the Law and Justice Sector in Papua New Guinea: A Case Study

This report assesses the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) arrangements for the AusAIDsupported Law and Justice Sector in Papua New Guinea (PNG). It covers both Government of PNG and AusAID mechanisms: examining their content, development and convergence over time. AusAID’s Law and Justice Sector Program (LJSP) has been running since 2004, with an initial design phase one year prior to that. The LJSP presents a unique case study involving the support of only one donor (AusAID) to a sector programme that is led with an increasing level of ownership by the recipient government.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Arrangements for the Support to Security Sector Reform Programme in Albania: A Case Study

This report assesses the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) arrangements for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project entitled ‘Support to the Security Sector Reform (SSSR) programme in Albania’. Research for this project was carried out in Tirana in May 2008. It is one of five case studies carried out as part of the Saferworld project, 'Evaluating for Security: Developing specific guidance on monitoring and evaluating Security Sector Reform interventions’.

Together with a wider desk review and supplementary research into the broader M&E systems used by the major SSR donors, the case studies provide an evidence base from which specific guidance on monitoring and evaluating SSR can be developed.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Arrangements for the Implementation of Community Policing in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This report analyses the monitoring and evaluation arrangements (M&E) of a community policing project ‘Implementation of Community Policing in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)'. The field research for this report was carried out in May/June 2008.

This report is one of five case studies carried out as part of the Saferworld project ‘Evaluating for Security: Developing specific guidelines on monitoring and evaluating Security Sector Reform (SSR) interventions'

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Monitoring and evaluation arrangements for the Sierra Leone Security Sector Reform Programme

This report assesses the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) arrangements put in place by the UK Government's Sierra Leone Security Sector Reform Programme, which ran from June 1999 until 31 March 2008. The research for this report was carried out between May and July 2008.

It is one of five case studies carried out as part of the Saferworld project, 'Evaluating for Security: Developing specific guidance on monitoring and evaluating Security Sector Reform interventions'.

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Survey of Key Donors and Multilateral Organisations on Monitoring and Evaluation of Security Sector Reform: United Kingdom Case Study

This report provides an overview of the United Kingdom Government’s arrangements for monitoring and evaluating (M&E) the support it provides to security sector reform (SSR). It examines the M&E systems that already exist for similar types of work as well as looking at any specific treatment given to SSR, before also identifying outstanding needs, challenges and any trends and opportunities that exist for improving M&E in this area.

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Community Security Handbook

The main purpose of this handbook is to explain the principles underpinning Community Security interventions, and suggest practical approaches to implementing them, drawing on the work of Saferworld and a select number of other agencies. It is aimed at practitioners–particularly programme managers–and aims to help them work through the steps involved in planning, implementing, evaluating and improving Community Security interventions. It sets out the objectives of Saferworld’s Community Security work, explains why we see it as important, and draws together a significant body of learning and experience.

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Reflections on the Northern Ireland Experience

The origins of the most recent sustained period of conflict in Northern Ireland can be traced back to the civil rights movement that emerged in 1968, the coercive response by the Unionist government and communities, and subsequent armed Republican campaign against the British government and security forces. What followed was over 30 years of sectarian violence, terrorism, counter-terrorism and the separation of communities. The signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement in 1998 was not a conclusion to the conflict nor a resolution of the issues that had been the catalyst for the violence and disorder. Instead, the Agreement provided a framework for the transformation of the conflict through a peaceful political process and the reform of policing and justice institutions in Northern Ireland.

In 2013, Saferworld and Intercomm facilitated roundtable discussions with community development and interface workers from both Loyalist and Republican backgrounds; police officers from an operational and strategic background; academics and members of civil society to reflect on progress, challenges and lessons with regard to community policing, the policing of public disorder, and the management of transition in Northern Ireland.

The resulting paper, Reflections on the Northern Ireland experience: the lessons underpinning the normalisation of policing and security in a divided society , highlights issues of leadership, trust, partnership and accountability as key to progress and offers insight and valuable lessons drawn from the Northern Ireland experience that resonate with other contexts emerging from violent conflict.

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Community-Based Approaches to Safety and Security - Lessons from Kosovo, Nepal and Bangladesh

This report identifies lessons relevant for donors and implementing agencies seeking to support community-based approaches to security. It is based on Saferworld and partners’ community security work in Kosovo, Nepal and Bangladesh in 2010–13.

The report suggests that community security programmes produce measurable improvements to communities’ own experiences of safety and security. It also identifies a range of results relevant to the provision of capable, accountable and responsive security provision and wider peacebuilding and statebuilding efforts.

The findings argue for the critical role of civil society in security and justice sector development and point to some of the measures necessary to support such groups effectively. The report reinforces the observation that successful security and justice interventions need to integrate both community-based and institutionally led reforms. Finally, it provides some practical lessons for donors and agencies seeking to support community-based approaches to safety and security through their work.

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Media reporting on peace, conflict and security issues

A free and impartial media should be one of the pillars of a stable society. Media organisations have direct communication with a considerable portion of the population and are in a powerful position to support peace and security-related efforts. In a country like Kosovo, with a violent past, the media needs to pay special attention when covering emotionally charged issues, as failure to do so threatens to heighten tensions.

This study, ‘Media reporting on peace, conflict and security issues: How objective and conflict-sensitive is media coverage and reporting on these issues?’, examines the existing legal framework governing media and the perceptions of citizens on whether media outlets are sensitive or partisan in their reporting. Amongst other things, these perceptions are key in shaping people’s opinions and perceptions of Kosovar institutions. Currently, there are two regulatory bodies for press and broadcast media, but nothing for online media.

In recent months the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue has been prioritised in the media, and though the reporting is generally perceived to be impartial, there is a potential for inciting conflict if there is ambiguity and a perceived lack of objective reporting, particularly the use of conflict-insensitive language. This report concludes with suggestions for how media outlets could work towards more conflict sensitive news coverage.

This report was the result of joint work and collaboration between 11 organisations, including members of the Forum for Security in Pristina and Conflict Prevention Forum in the north, and through community dialogue meetings and desk research facilitated by FIQ and AKTIV.

This paper is available in English, Albanian and Serbian on the Saferworld website.

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Putting people at the heart of security: Reviewing approaches, exploring solutions

Saferworld organised a roundtable in Brussels titled 'Putting people at the heart of security: reviewing approaches, exploring solutions'.

Victoria Walker, ISSAT's Deputy Head and Senior SSR Advisor on Governance attended this meeting which brought together experts from EU institutions and Member States, international organisations, think tanks and civil society to share experiences and lessons about security sector reform and the extent to which such processes have been able to improve human security. The meeting was also an opportunity to explore innovative approaches to enhancing people's security, including community security.

This event was part of a wider process to catalyse an informed discussion at the EU level on how community security can help support the realisation of peacebuilding and statebuilding objectives. As part of this, we encourage you to get in touch if you would like to find out more or share your comments and thoughts.

Read report here

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Building constructive China-US cooperation on peace and security in Africa

Increasingly, external actors are involving themselves in Africa – engagement which is critical to African development, but which has potential either to increase security or further destabilise some of the continent’s already fragile countries. A cooperative rather than competitive approach between two key external actors, the US and China – based on common interests – would greatly enhance the conditions for peace and sustainable development in Africa, as well as providing each with direct benefits.

This briefing looks at obstacles to collaboration between China and the US, opportunities for cooperation, and provides recommendations to both on how the interests of African nations and these key actors can best be served, including:

  • Accept a broadened definition of security and focus on non-traditional security challenges and non-combat operations that offer opportunity without the connotation of military-military support or intervention
  • Prioritize African perspectives
  • Deepen mutual understanding and promotion of knowledge exchange in conflict-sensitive development and the management of conflict, crises, and risk in business sector involvement.

Find more information and download the full brief here.

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Community Security: Experiences from Bangladesh

Summary of this briefing on Community Security in Bangladesh published by Saferworld:

As in many developing countries, Bangladesh’s security architecture continues to conform to conventional practices that prioritise state security through institution-building above all. While delivering some sense of security, this approach means authorities tend to be more reactive to security needs, rather than being proactive and taking preventative actions.

Additionally, the security situation in Bangladesh is becoming more precarious, with political polarisation increasing the threat of violence and creating space for growing extremist ideologies and the associated cycles of violence that are typical of attempts to express or supress those ideologies.

Building peace and preventing violence across Bangladesh requires a participatory approach, with full support from and cooperation of local communities, and complemented by able and empowered civil society organisations. This process must begin by rebuilding trust between authorities and communities. Community Security: Experiences from Bangladesh  outlines how to do this through a collaborative approach called ‘community security’, which brings people together to identify security challenges and plan how to address them collectively. The briefing draws on lessons learned and best practices from Saferworld and BRAC’s mid-term community security programme review, which covers June 2012–June 2014 – the midway point of our four-year programme. It also sets out recommendations for how policymakers in Bangladesh can contribute to lasting peace and security.

You can download the full brief in English here.

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From agreement to action: Building peaceful, just and inclusive societies through the 2030 Agenda

Recent increases in violent conflict are putting longer-term advances in global peace at risk, driving humanitarian crises, mass displacement and chronic underdevelopment. Various tools already exist for the international community to respond to these interlinked challenges. However, with peace at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, there is now a universally agreed vision to prevent conflict, address its root causes, and make peace sustainable in every country.

This short briefing highlights what Saferworld sees as some of the key targets for peace. It also outlines key steps – to be made by a range of actors – towards national implementation and demonstrates how collective action at the global level can help enable this. - Thomas Wheeler,Anna Moller-Loswick, Sunil Suri, Larry Attree

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Promoting peace through the Sustainable Development Goals: What role for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation?

Ahead of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in South Africa from 4-5 December 2015, Saferworld and the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) have co-produced a briefing on the role of FOCAC in promoting peace through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Although implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs will be driven primarily through action at national level, existing global partnerships and initiatives such as FOCAC will need to be leveraged in order to support national level action.

Key findings from the briefing include:

  • China and Africa’s shared commitment to promoting African peace and security and their acceptance of peace in the 2030 Agenda form a strong basis for cooperation.
  • Given the many overlaps between the existing Action Plan and the SDGs, the next FOCAC Action Plan could be used as a framework to guide China’s support for implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
  • China and Africa should use this Summit as an opportunity to promote a more holistic and preventative approach to promoting peace in Africa in the next Action Plan.

Paper available here: Promoting peace through the Sustainable Development Goals: What role for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation?

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A new war on terror or a new search for peace? Learning the lessons of Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen

The West cannot afford to ignore the lessons of the past 15 years – and needs a strategy that leads to peace. This brief draws on new Saferworld reports analysing Western counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding efforts in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen since 2001. The track record of these efforts is poor, but lessons from them could be the basis for more effective and constructive strategies to achieve peace in the face of terror and instability.

To access the document, please kindly follow the link: A new war on terror or a new search for peace? Learning the lessons of Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen

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Justice mechanisms and conflict dynamics in Nepal: Local perceptions and impacts

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As an ethnically and geographically diverse nation, people in Nepal rely on a wide range of formal and informal justice systems to resolve their disputes. Informal justice mechanisms – in their varying forms – often pre-date formal mechanisms by hundreds of years and remain the preferred method of dispute resolution for the majority of Nepalis. This is largely due to their accessibility within communities and propensity for promoting and maintaining social harmony. Another reason is the formal justice vacuum that emerged in the wake of the decade-long armed conflict, which ended in 2006 and led many communities to turn to or rely further on informal justice actors.

While efforts have been made by the government to improve access to the formal justice system, including outreach programmes and an increase in resources to provide free legal support and make fees more affordable, implementation has been poor. Consequently, issues of capacity and accountability remain and are compounded by the persistent challenges of accessibility for remote, poorer or marginalised communities and individuals.

As part of a wider Saferworld project – ‘Community Initiatives for Common Understanding’ (CICU), which aims to foster mutual understanding among groups in conflict to seek common solutions – a research project was carried out to map justice provision in the five CICU districts in Nepal.

This report by Saferworld presents the findings of the research project, which explores community-level perceptions of formal and informal justice mechanisms, the current situation of access to justice among different community/ethnic groups, and the linkage between access to justice issues and local conflict dynamics.

For full access to the report on Justice mechanisms and conflict dynamics in Nepal: Local perceptions and impacts, kindly follow the link.

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Transitional policing in South Sudan’s peace agreement: Joint Integrated Police

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The formation of a new Joint Integrated Police (JIP) unit – mandated by South Sudan’s August 2015 peace agreement – is now well under way. The unit, which is charged with providing security in some of the most fragile locations in the country, has a potential role to play in enhancing stability. However, challenges related to training, vetting and deployment mean that not only does the JIP risk failing to deliver on its policing mandate but it also risks actively contributing to conflict dynamics. This briefing outlines some of the potential difficulties associated with the JIP and some of the challenges the unit is likely to face in delivering security for communities. It is intended to inform those planning to support the JIP and the security sector reform process in South Sudan going forward.

To access the full Transitional policing in South Sudan’s peace agreement: Joint Integrated Police briefing, kindly follow the link.

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Gender and community security

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The gendered nature of insecurity, and therefore of efforts to promote security and build peace, is now widely recognised. Despite inconsistent implementation, promoting gender-sensitive approaches to security provision has become part of the peacebuilding canon.

Community security is a people-centered approach to tackling issues causing insecurity that aims to provide opportunities for people to identify their security concerns and to plan and implement collective responses.

This report, published by Saferworld, explores the role of gender in community security programmes and looks at what has worked and what hasn't in a range of contexts: Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, South Sudan and Yemen.

To access the full Gender and community security, kindly follow the link.

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Politics and Policing: Understanding the impact of post-conflict political settlements on security reforms in Kenya

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What role do political actors and politics play in shaping development outcomes? The concept of the ‘political settlement’ is increasingly prominent in peacebuilding discussions. This report published by Saferworld focuses on Kenya:  an important case study for understanding the role of political dynamics in determining the pace and nature of security sector reform. It provides a context-specific and policy-relevant application of the ‘political settlements’ concept in Kenya. Findings have implications for a number of people and institutions engaged in the security sector reform process; suggesting a need for realistic and politically aware programming based on analysis of the policing context and the conditions in which transformation is likely to take place.

For full access Politics and Policing: Understanding the impact of post-conflict political settlements on security reforms in Kenya report, kindly follow the link.

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Women’s Role in Peace and Security in Yemen

Commissioned as part of research for the project ‘Enhancing women’s role in peace and security in Yemen’, this literature review considers the role women have played and what political involvement have they had in Yemen historically; what impact has conflict had – including the ongoing conflict – on women’s lives and on their political participation; what social norms govern women’s activism in Yemen; and, what examples of previous involvement of women in peacebuilding processes exist, what strategies were used, how were obstacles overcome and what results were achieved.

For full access to the literature review Women’s Role in Peace and Security in Yemen, kindly follow the link.  

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Making Big Cases Small and Small Cases Disappear: Experiences of Local Justice in Myanmar

This MyJustice report, conducted by Saferworld and ODI, documents the lowest, and most used, levels of dispute resolution in communities in two parts of Myanmar – Mon State and Yangon Region. Drawing on interviews and focus group discussions with 600 people, it sets out the common disputes, crimes and injustices that people speak of experiencing, the ways people seek to resolve these issues and why, as well as an assessment of the quality of the justice they are able to achieve.

For full access to the report Making Big Cases Small and Small Cases Disappear: Experiences of Local Justice in Myanmar, kindly follow the link.

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Understandings of Justice in Myanmar

The multitude of justice challenges confronting people in Myanmar means that there is significant scope for, and interest in, rule of law and access to justice programmes among both foreign and domestic actors. While attention to justice concerns is welcome, there is a danger of taking for granted that there are shared and agreed understandings about the meaning of justice and its role in society.

For full access to the report Understandings of Justice in Myanmar, kindly follow the link.

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Myanmar’s Plural Justice System

Understanding justice provision in Myanmar requires grappling with the universe of providers that people use to resolve disputes. There is no single justice provider with recognised authority to enforce the rule of law throughout Myanmar. Long-running political conflicts and plural power structures mean providers and systems are distinct in some places and overlap in others. This briefing maps the different justice chains people follow, providing an ‘end-user’ perspective on how they navigate justice providers.

For full access to the report Myanmar’s Plural Justice System, kindly follow the link.

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Debt Disputes in Myanmar

People in Myanmar face a wide range of justice problems, from land disputes to drug trafficking to violence against women. Yet in MyJustice research, debt disputes emerged as the most common dispute people spoke of, affecting large numbers of people in both Mon State and Yangon Region (Denney et al., 2016). Yet debt disputes have been largely overlooked to date. They highlight the importance and challenge of equitable access to credit in a transitioning country like Myanmar, without which there are both justice and developmental consequences. As with most justice problems, debt disputes and a lack of formal credit access affect the poor and vulnerable most acutely.

For full access to the report Debt Disputes in Myanmar, kindly follow the link.

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Helping police to be gender-sensitive in Pakistan

Women in Pakistan face a range of discriminatory and harmful practices that can threaten their security. Saferworld has been working with police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province on a gender-responsive policing project to ensure that they are better able to respond to crimes against women.

For full access to the case study Helping police to be gender-sensitive in Pakistan, kindly follow the link.

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We won’t wait: as war ravages Yemen, its women strive to build peace

Conflict in Yemen has left thousands dead, millions homeless or hungry, and an economy in ruins. But hopes for peace talks are fading and a new approach is needed. Women and girls are particularly affected by the conflict and have a crucial role to play in building peace at the local level.

Despite some efforts to assist them, women are not receiving enough practical support and diplomatic commitment. Such backing is necessary to bridge the gap between local, national and international peace talks. This is essential for a viable and inclusive peace process that yields lasting results.

To access the briefing paper We won't wait: as war ravages Yemen, its women strive to build peace, please click on the link.

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Other Documents

Saferworld: Annual Review 2014-15

Last year marked not only Saferworld's 25th anniversary but also the first year of their new three-year strategic plan. As well as updates from their programme and policy work, the review includes case studies, partner profiles and summary financial information.

The PDF/print review presents highlights from across their thematic and regional work, as well as two case studies: one from their community security programme in South Sudan, the other marking Saferworld's 25th anniversary.

The interactive multimedia version of the review features additional multimedia content such as videos and photo galleries; extra case studies on masculinities and conflict, peacebuilding in Pakistan, and Saferworld's partnership with FIQ in Kosovo; as well as partner profiles and a map highlighting the regions they work in.

Download the review here

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A new constitution brings challenges and opportunities for Nepal

Nepal’s draft constitution was put into effect on 20 September 2015 – eight years after the end of conflict and the day before International Peace Day. Saferworld’s Nepal programme reflects on the major socio-political changes the country is experiencing as a result, and the opportunities and challenges facing the state in implementing the constitution and achieving long-term peace.

Read the article on the challenges and opportunities facing Nepal's new constitution.

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Afghanistan's transition: challenges and opportunities for peace

This briefing examines key challenges and opportunities to Afghanistan’s peace and security in coming years and considers the role Afghan civil society can play in helping the country move in the right direction, looking at areas including governance, security sector, the position of women, and the dilemmas of international support.

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Snapshot of Local Security and Justice Perceptions in Selected Districts of Nepal

After more than a decade of conflict, Nepal is now on the road to consolidating democracy and forging a sustainable peace. This has provided opportunities for building state infrastructure and further strengthening security and justice provision in response to the needs of Nepal’s citizens. While ongoing and emerging political and security challenges, as well as inadequate resources, have challenged the strengthening and further improvement of effective, accountable, and accessible security and justice sector institutions, there are also examples where security and justice providers are able to reach out to citizens and collaborate with them to make local security and justice provision more people-centred and effective. Clear opportunities exist for further strengthening effective security and justice provision and, in turn, improving the real and perceived public safety, security, and justice of the Nepali people.

This report investigates the security- and justice-related experiences and perceptions of people living in nine districts in Nepal, representing geographically, ethnically, and economically diverse communities. It focuses specifically on assessing the perceptions of various stakeholders – including communities (with input from men and women for a gender perspective), local authorities, the private sector, and security and justice providers – on local public safety, security, and justice and how these have changed over the past two years, as well as key causes of insecurity. Some of the problems highlighted are specific to certain groups, while others are more generally shared.

Key findings from the research point to:

  • Women have a sense of declining security in recent years
  • Weak rule of law and impunity are the key structural cause of insecurity
  • The private sector continues to be undermined by insecurity.
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