What role for security in development progress?

In this series, a range of experts will contribute their thoughts on the links between security and development and what role security plays (or does not) in development progress. The debates on these relationships are (and should be) very much alive. Many questions remain on how security supports development in other dimensions of well-being; whether policies and programming to support improved security may risk securitising development; how to determine whether security progress has taken place; and who benefits from security progress – and who gets left behind. As our bloggers reflect on such issues, we encourage readers to contribute their own comments throughout the series.


Achieving security progress: More questions than answers – Lisa Denney

Security progress for all or some? The continuing challenge of violence against women and girls – Karen Barnes Robinson

Negotiating security in Ethiopia’s lowlands – Sophie Stevens

Can ‘context-specific’ security programming handle the reality of dynamic circumstances? – Mareike Schomerus

Seeing is not always believing: perceptions of security progress in Timor-Leste – Todd Wassel

Holding Bangladesh together: putting people over politics – Will Bennett

Progressing security and justice approaches: are we ready for contestation, elite interests and bloodshed? – Erwin van Veen

Future landscapes of conflict and violence – Robert Muggah

Security in post-conflict contexts: What counts as progress and what drives it? – Craig Valters