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London, United Kingdom
Joined October 2017

Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives.

Presence in: Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Georgia, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Yemen
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice

Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We believe that to achieve long-term peace people must play an active role in preventing conflict and building peace. People must have access to fair and effective paths to address the grievances and inequalities that drive conflict, and people with influence should exercise their power to promote just and equitable societies.

  • We put people at the centre of our work, particularly those affected by conflict and insecurity
  • We promote and support inclusive and cooperative approaches to decision-making
  • We understand that everything we do can have positive or negative effects on conflict dynamics and gender relationships, and being sensitive to this is central to our work
  • We are a learning organisation, striving to learn from each other, staff, partners and communities
  • We are accountable to the communities and partners we work with, and to the donors and public who support our work.

People Associated With This Organization

Tom Balemesa

Joined January 2019
Interests: Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
Tom is currently the Manager; Conflict and Extractives at Saferworld Uganda office with over 10 years’ experience from within and outside Uganda on conflict sensitivity, land, mining rights, policy and participatory action research. His research interests include land rights, artisanal and small scale mining property rights and power dynamics, natural resource based conflicts mitigation and development evaluation. He has co-authored an Assessment report and Info sheet on Land and Mining related conflicts in Karamoja for an EU - UN funded project in 2013-2014 and Balancing Development and Community Livelihoods: A framework for Land Acquisition and Resettlement in Uganda in 2016. He possesses an M.A in Peace and Conflict Studies focusing on oil and land conflicts from Makerere University Kampala and has attended fellowships and trainings on women land rights, program development, post conflict programming research and Non-profit development in the United States and South Africa.

Will Bennett

United Kingdom  
Joined October 2017
Interests: Peace-building & Transitional Justice
Will is a Conflict and Security Advisor at Saferworld where he leads their policy work on security and justice across 15 countries. Will is also currently seconded to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Knowledge Platform on Security & Rule of Law where he is a Senior Adviser. Previously he worked for international organisations including UNICEF and Amnesty International. His work focuses on peace, security and justice interventions, inequality and power, and western foreign policy. He has written for The Guardian and published a book on post conflict reconstruction with the UN. Will holds a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol; an MA (Hons) in War Studies from King’s College, London; and is currently studying for a PhD in transforming urban conflicts at Birkbeck.

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Will Bennett is the network champion (main point of contact) for Saferworld.

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