The North-South Institute



Current economic and political power shifts at the global level are producing new and unprecedented security challenges which are disproportionately affecting civilian populations. With these shifts comes an increased need to ensure that a country’s security provisions reflect the requirements of the population as a whole – and particularly of a society’s most vulnerable – and that the measures are implemented in a manner that is respectful of rights.

Through its research, NSI will shed new light on how vulnerable populations in fragile and conflict-affected states perceive their security and identify what they need to feel secure. Working with partners in developing countries, we will seek to identify the security needs of populations normally excluded from decision-making processes and identify policy and programmatic instruments to address them.


Policy Brief: Gender and Urban (In)Security in Fragile States, by Susann Feuerschütz and Jennifer Erin Salahub (NSI), April 2013.

Summary Report: Making Cities Safer: Gender, Urban Insecurity, and Police Reform in Fragile States, by Sarah Katz-Lavigne, March 2013.

Report: Gender and Urban (In)Security in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States, by Susann Feuerschütz, March 2013.

Policy Brief: Making Security Sector Reform Work for Local Populations, by Carley Robb-Jackson and Jennifer Erin Salahub (NSI), July 2012.

Report: Vulnerable Groups and Security in Timor-Leste: An Overview, by Patrick Burgess, May 2012.

Report: How Vulnerable and Marginalized People Define Safety and How Donors Can Help: The case of Burundi (only available in French), by Willy Nindorera , May 2012.