New SIPRI project on mapping ATT-relevant cooperation and assistance activities in sub-Saharan Africa

Posted by admin at Jun 24, 2015 09:30 AM |

SIPRI has received funding from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to produce a database that will map Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)-relevant cooperation and assistance activities in sub-Saharan Africa. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament (UNREC) .

National implementation of the ATT will require states to review and where necessary strengthen their arms transfer control systems. In many cases states will require guidance and assistance with this process. There are a wide range of past and ongoing cooperation and assistance activities aimed at improving states’ arms transfer controls, which have been carried out by states, international and regional organisations and NGOs. However, providers and recipients are often unaware of other relevant activities, leading to gaps in coverage and duplication of efforts. To address this issue, the project will create and begin to populate an online database containing standardized information about past and ongoing outreach and assistance activities in Sub-Saharan Africa that are of relevance to the implementation of the ATT. This will help relevant actors to build upon past projects, plan joint activities, and avoid duplication of efforts. The project will run until January 2016. For more information, please contact Mark Bromley, Co-Director of the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme. For more information on SIPRI’s work on the ATT, please click here.

SIPRI and Oxford University Press host panel on SIPRI Yearbook at BISA conference

SIPRI and Oxford University Press host panel on SIPRI Yearbook at BISA conference

Posted by admin at Jun 23, 2015 10:35 AM |

19 June, London

SIPRI and its publishing partner Oxford University Press hosted the panel discussion: Fragile Development 2015-2030 - understanding how insecurity and poor governance will affect sustainable development, at last week’s conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) conference. Chaired by incoming SIPRI Director Dan Smith, the panel presented brief snapshots of the developing world in 2015, and the likely challenges to development over the next 15 years.

Roger Williamson of UNU-WIDER spoke to the overlap between fragility and poverty in Africa and addressed issues relating to minimally functioning states, and gender and conflict. Three representatives from SIPRI also presented at the conference. Sam Perlo-Freeman discussed the nexus between natural resource revenues, corruption and militarization, while Rachel Irwin presented on violence against humanitarian workers and constraints on service delivery in fragile environments. Relatedly, Gary Milante explained how systems thinking can be used to break the fragile states paradigm and promote more productive engagement on development. He also outlined prospects for poverty eradication in fragile states by 2030.

Read more  about the BISA conference and for further information.

Promotion of sustainable peace in focus as global experts convened in Stockholm

Posted by rebecka at May 22, 2015 09:58 AM |

Over 150 policymakers, researchers and practitioners gathered in Stockholm on 12-13 May for the second annual Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. Co-hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the 2015 forum explored the theme ‘Promoting Sustainable Peace’ with policy leaders and high-level experts.

H.E. Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and Co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding and H.E. Kaifala Marah, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, and Co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, were key speakers at the opening session among others.

Access Minister Lövin’s opening address; check the Forum event pages for photos and upcoming reporting; and see #SthlmForum, ‘recent events’ and the essay in this month's newsletter. 

Information and communication technologies for democracy: challenges and opportunities

Posted by rebecka at May 22, 2015 09:57 AM |

SIPRI Session, Stockholm Forum on Development and Security, 12-13 May

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have great potential for development policy and democratic governance. They enable information access and sharing among individual states and help them to mobilize around common ideas. However, ICTs also offer unprecedented opportunities for states to perform surveillance and censorship activities. Moderated by Dr Vincent Boulanin, this roundtable explored the extent to which ICTs generate opportunities and challenges for democratic development. Representatives from among others the Digital Rights Foundation and Bytes For All (Pakistan), Ericsson and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) discussed the various issues, including: the specific case of Pakistan; how Sweden supports Internet freedom and digital rights via its foreign policy; as well as the key role played by export control regimes in preventing authoritarian governments from accessing and using cyber-surveillance technologies.  


Read more; check out #SthlmForum; and contact Dr Vincent Boulanin for further information. A more comprehensive report from the session will be published soon.


Post-settlement peace processes and the challenges of building sustainable peace

Posted by rebecka at May 22, 2015 09:57 AM |

SIPRI Session, Stockholm Forum on Development and Security, 12-13 May

A remarkable number of conflicts suffer from recurring violence. In addition to rendering conflict intractable, this implies a great loss of resources as gains achieved from peacemaking efforts and humanitarian assistance are depleted by the recurrence of violence. Drawing on the case of Mali, a workshop discussion on how local and global actors can overcome the challenges of transforming peace settlements into durable peace was animated by participants from civil society, the development community and academia. The discussion highlighted the importance of sustaining dialogue and other peacebuilding efforts as agreements only help to delineate the tools for the resolution of specific conflicts. Participants included representatives of civil society in Mali and Iraq, ECOWAS Mali, Sida in Mali, the Poverty Observatory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Geneva-based UN Research Institute for Social Development, St John’s University in New York and SIPRI. SIPRI’s deputy director, Jakob Hallgren, moderated the discussion.


Read more; check out #SthlmForum; and contact Dr Gaudence Nyirabikali for further information. A more comprehensive report from the session will be published soon.