Saferworld - Preventing violent conflict. Building safer lives Vision

We believe in a world where everyone can lead peaceful, fulfilling lives, free from fear and insecurity

People first

We put people first, supporting change that empowers local communities to take action and influence decision-making


We challenge the gender norms that cause and perpetuate conflict and insecurity

Conflict sensitivity

We promote a conflict-sensitive approach to ensure aid promotes peace and does not reinforce conflict dynamics


We work to ensure that peacebuilding processes and governance systems are inclusive and legitimate

Latest news and views

Photos: Communities First

Featuring the work of Marcus Perkins, Tom Martin and Alex Potter, this collection of photographs aims to give a visual voice to people whose daily experiences of conflict and insecurity are too often marginalised and forgotten. View the photos >

Nepal earthquakes: the need for inclusive, participatory and conflict-sensitive assistance

Saferworld was deeply saddened by the extent of human suffering and physical devastation triggered by the recent series of earthquakes in Nepal. We extend our condolences to those bereaved and thoughts to the victims who continue to endure the consequences.

NEWS | 21 May 2015

Building better relationships and improving infrastructure

A small grant project in Shangla district in Malakand, Pakistan, was able to resolve a conflict affecting three villages by building better relationships between these communities and by improving an existing infrastructure project that had itself become a key conflict driver.

CASE STUDY | 18 May 2015

Conflict resolution through fair mediation

In Chitral, the largest district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan, the unforgiving landscape and limited economy have left local communities feeling frustrated and prone to conflict. Through fair mediation, local civil society organisations (CSOs) have managed to bring two rival groups together to resolve a conflict over grazing lands and...

CASE STUDY | 18 May 2015

Women at the forefront of the peacebuilding process

A small grant project in Maina village in Malakand, Pakistan, not only resolved a long-standing community conflict but also involved women in the peacebuilding process for the first time in the village. The project demonstrates the importance and ability of real community participation, especially of women in conservative rural areas,...

CASE STUDY | 18 May 2015

Who should measure the Sustainable Development Goals?

Amid conversations about indicators for measuring progress on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, Saferworld’s Thomas Wheeler explores the question of who should be producing the data that these global indicators will rely on. He explores the benefits of using national statistical systems to measure progress, but also makes the case...

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 15 May 2015 - Thomas Wheeler

Evolving policy in a changing world: Examining challenges and opportunities in the new US Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

David Alpher analyses the new Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review by the US government and explains why it offers both opportunities and challenges in terms of addressing conflict and fragility.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 14 May 2015 - David Alpher

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

On 12 March, Saferworld organised a roundtable in Brussels titled 'Putting people at the heart of security: reviewing approaches, exploring solutions'.

RESOURCE | 11 May 2015 - Kloe Tricot O'Farrell

Saferworld turns 25

We’re proud to be marking our 25th anniversary. Find out more about our 25-year history and look through our interactive timeline highlighting key Saferworld milestones.  

Annual Review 2013-13

Annual Review

Saferworld’s multimedia Annual Review brings together some of the highlights of our efforts to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives in 2013-14.

Our strategy

Read Saferworld's 2014-17 strategy to put people at the centre of peace and security responses.



The Millennium Development Goals are set to expire at the end of 2015.