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Women and conflict: why we should not separate rape in war from the everyday reality of violence

Jelke Boesten
21 May 2014

This is the first blog in a new series focussing on the challenges and opportunities for advancing gender equality goals, women’s voice and agency in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Jelke Boesten outlines why we should not focus on rape in war without taking into account the fact that sexual violence permeates the everyday lives of women throughout the world.

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European food aid by plane- Rock Cohen (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

European development finance post-2015: public meets private?

Florian Krätke
20 May 2014

Continuing our financing progress series with a look to post-2015, ECDPM's Florian Krätke looks at the increasing importance of private finance and how European public aid is working alongside it - do private and public sources of finance see development in the same way?

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Every vote counts- Yogesh Mhatre (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Indian election 2014: all to play for in the world’s biggest numbers game!

William Avis
16 May 2014

With preliminary results rolling in at the time of publication, William Avis follows up on his blog written at the start of the election - will the BJP reach the magic number of 272 seats to form a government? If not, what form might a coalition government take? And what questions will remain to be answered regardless of which way the results go?

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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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