Human Security

Human Security

Exploring the relationship between security and development from local, regional and global persp... read more

Human security introduction

This theme examines the relationship between security and development from local, regional and global perspectives. Insecurity impacts societies as a whole, impedes development and stalls post-conflict reconstruction, often across wider regions. Integrated strategies are needed to solve the conflicts of the 21st century and to build a more secure world.

By the end of the Cold War, the concept of human security had already begun to develop against a background of changing patterns in violent outbreaks. The emergence of internal conflicts in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe sadly illustrated that national and international traditional security concepts fell short. Additionally, with globalization, conflicts – from local to global – are increasingly marked by a shift to transboundary patterns. This requires an appropriate security approach, beyond the focus on the state and more towards multi-stakeholder, transregional and human-centred strategies  that sustainably tackle the underlying causes of conflict.These  include economic and political inequalities, scarcity, terrorism, migration and the drug trade. The current severe unrest in the Sahel is a clear example of the necessity for a transboundary approach to conflict.

The marriage between security and development policies is inevitably tied up with all sorts of geopolitical interests. Over the last decades important steps have been taken to bridge political, economic, military, humanitarian and juridical goals in  a development security nexus. Milestone reports that marked the political debate were the UNDP’s 1994 Human Development  Report and  more recently the 2011 World Development Report on conflict, security and development. THE BROKER’S aim on this Human Security theme page is to enrich the analysis from a typical critical BROKER perspective applying a multidisciplinary approach, with a focus on what these developments mean for the poor, for inequality, and for regional and global relationships.

Human Security blog

From a 3D approach to a 3FT approach

Dirk-Jan Koch  | 25 July 2014

The importance of moving beyond Defence, Diplomacy and Development towards Fair Trade, Financial Transparency and a...

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Editorial articles

Drugs and violence in the Northern Triangle

Pien Metaal, Liza ten Velde | July 03, 2014

Could shifts in international aid, national drug policy and law enforcement contribute to reducing the high homicide rates?

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Anti-gang policies and gang responses in the Northern Triangle

The particular evolution of the gang phenomenon has been deeply shaped by a series of reactions and adaptations to ill-developed security policies.

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Corruption in the Northern Triangle: The siren song of crime

Ivan Briscoe | July 03, 2014

The end of the civil wars in the Northern Triangle countries has made way for stable democracies, but the governments of Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and E...

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Pull, don’t push! Servicing the motor of a fragile economy

Rens Twijnstra | February 11, 2014

Local entrepreneurs as the ‘motor of the economy’ are a blind spot on donor radars in fragile and conflict-affected areas.

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Managing ethnic conflict during transitions

Saskia Baas | December 20, 2013

The fresh eruption of violence in South Sudan illustrates once more the ethnic dividing lines within the countries’ government.

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Expert opinions

From a 3D approach to a 3FT approach

Dirk-Jan Koch  | 25 July 2014

The importance of moving beyond Defence, Diplomacy and Development towards Fair Trade, Financial Transparency and a Firearms Treaty to achieve human security in fragile states.

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Deliberate starvation: impact on peace and reconstruction in Syria

David Connolly Agnese Macaluso  | 02 July 2014

After three years of civil war in Syria, there is clear evidence that both the government and rebel groups have deliberately starved civilian populations

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What a narrow focus on social contracts misses

Seth Kaplan  | 02 March 2014

In response to David Sogge, Seth Kaplan addsfive ways in which those working to develop or enhance social contracts can be more effective.

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Saving Yasuní-ITT?

Lavinia Warnars  | 25 March 2014

Yasuní, situated in the Amazon, is one of the most biologically-diverse parks in the world and it hosts several indigenous groups, of which two are living in voluntary isolation.

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Putting the Social Contract at the Heart of Peacebuilding and Statebuilding

David Sogge  | 13 February 2014

An old yet surprisingly relevant political idea – the social contract -- is today making the running in the competitive world of aid and development...

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Dossiers

Power dynamics and natural resources

Power dynamics and natural resources

Resource disputes are grounded in structural inequalities and reveal conflicting interests.

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