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PRT Farah visits voice of women facility in Farah City - Dvidshub

Security progress for all or some? The continuing challenge of violence against women and girls

Karen Barnes Robinson
15 May 2014

Drawing on forthcoming Development Progress research, Karen Barnes Robinson writes that while we are seeing ‘overall’ progress in Liberia, women and girls remain vulnerable to specific types of insecurity and violence that remain invisible and unaddressed. She draws out the issues that need action, including political will and equity, and wonders whether we can really claim progress whilst such issues remain.

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Small scale fisheries in Africa - Chris Bene 2003 by worldfish

DFID’s new aid strategy – the big silence

Tony Killick
14 May 2014

Tony Killick OBE takes a look at how development policy in the UK has transformed over the past few years, from a focus on 'MDG type concerns' to a policy driven by the pursuit of growth. He argues that there should be a stronger public and intellectual discussion of this transformation, and poses a series of questions that he believes should be asked of DFID.

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Lalibela Ethiopia: man in saffron robe - Tim Annette Gulick

Negotiating security in Ethiopia’s lowlands

Sophie Stevens
12 May 2014

Security progress cannot be pursued without a deep understanding of the political conflicts underlying instability in the places we work. Using Ethiopia as an example, Sophie Stevens shows how the different views of what security means at various levels of state and society – and in particular the views of ordinary citizens – need to be what informs security sector reform programmes.

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People arrive at dawn to Awerial settlement fleeing the conflict in Bor South Sudan- Grace Cahill for Oxfam International

Can ‘context-specific’ security programming handle the reality of dynamic circumstances?

Mareike Schomerus
8 May 2014

While it’s important to ensure security programming is ‘context specific’ – programmers need to be aware of their role in shaping this context, and how it constantly changes, argues Mareike Schomerus. Drawing a parallel with computer science, it is also ‘end users’ of security, and not external actors, that should judge whether programmes respond effectively to context.

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East Timor return of internally displaced persons- UN (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Seeing is not always believing: perceptions of security progress in Timor-Leste

Todd Wassel
6 May 2014

How do you actually measure progress in security? Fragile states often present a lack of reliable data - but there are ways to gain a clear perspective, such as perception surveys. Taking Timor-Leste as an example, Todd Wassel talks through the process of running a perception survey there and the conclusions that can be drawn from it.

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2010 media tour to Bangladesh by US mission to the United Nations agencies in Rome

Holding Bangladesh together: putting people over politics

Will Bennett
1 May 2014

What does the security landscape look like in Bangladesh following January's turbulent elections? Will Bennett looks at both the political elite level and the community level, noting that at the community level peace in Bangladesh largely held. He attributes this to community security approaches that are helping to find solutions to end and prevent violence.

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Monusco conducts joint operation with Congolese forces in Beni- Sylvain Liechti for UN

Future landscapes of conflict and violence

Robert Muggah
24 April 2014

What trends can we expect to emerge in conflict and security over the coming decades? Robert Muggah draws the conclusion that whilst we must not be complacent, there is evidence to expect continued declines in organised violence, as well as in other forms of violence such as homicide.

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