Saferworld - Preventing violent conflict. Building safer lives People first

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


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


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


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

Conflict sensitivity

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

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Annual Review 2014-15

Saferworld's multimedia Annual Review brings together some of the highlights of our work preventing violent conflict and building safer lives in 2014-15.

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Annual Review 2014-15

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

RESOURCE | 30 July 2015

Inclusive peace: how to leave no one behind

Thomas Wheeler discusses the need to find new approaches to the commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ which has been a key feature of all the discussions on the post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

BLOG | 28 July 2015 - Thomas Wheeler

The UK and extremism: understanding the problem and owning our values

In the wake of recent comments by the UK Prime Minister, Saferworld's Larry Attree argues that a more effective approach to reducing extremist violence would be to craft a foreign policy that itself more consistently promotes the values we are claiming as ‘British’.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 22 July 2015 - Larry Attree

The roles of regional actors in Yemen and opportunities for peace

The internationally backed Saudi Arabian military campaign against the Houthis began in March 2015. The 2014-15 takeover of Yemen by the Houthis, with growing Iranian support, has arguably significantly contributed to the current situation. Even though the active roles of these regional players are far from new to Yemen, increased...

RESOURCE | 16 July 2015 - Majed Al-Madhaji, Asil Sidahmed, Farea Al-Muslimi

Cooperation or competition? China and Russia in Central Asia

Ivan Campbell considers whether relations between China and Russia in Central Asia are likely to be characterised by continuing pragmatic cooperation or growing competition.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 13 July 2015 - Ivan Campbell

Humanitarian need fuels community-led activism in Yemen

Communities in Taiz, Yemen, are taking steps to mitigate the impacts the current crisis is having on essential services.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 13 July 2015 - Hassan Al-Yabari, Elizabeth Bourne

Central Asia at a crossroads

The launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in June 2015 highlights China's economic and strategic ambitions, and will accelerate its economic expansion into Central Asia. Over the past two years, Saferworld has been researching China's growing engagement in Central Asia, as well as the changing role of the traditional...

RESOURCE | 13 July 2015 - Craig Oliphant, Ivan Campbell, Bernardo Mariani, Maija Paasiaro, Xiaomin Tang, Simon Mills

Communities First

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.

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.

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.