Over the last decade much has been learnt about engaging with fragile states, initiated by the recognition that development effectiveness was lagging in fragile states. Over recent years a new consensus has emerged, pointedly captured in the World Development Report (WDR) 2011. A number of clear principles for engaging in fragile states emerged, which international actors are aiming to abide by, such as the New Deal prepared by the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding and g7+ group and endorsed in 2011 in Busan High Level Meeting on Aid Effectiveness. The progress has not remained limited to learning alone, these principles are being implemented on the ground in conflict-affected and fragile countries, for instance through the New Deal and International Dialogue. More integrated approaches are being put into place by a number of key international actors.
This high-level event will discuss a few of these key areas around which new consensus has emerged. These include the importance of country-led, inclusive, local ownership; context- specific, home-grown solutions and realistic timelines; the need for integrated or comprehensive approaches and the need to address the national-regional-continental nexus of conflict and fragility. In some of these areas practical challenges remain. Adherence to these principles can at times be superficial or constrained driven by the realities of the operating procedures of international community. Similarly, the realities of the fragile states may make the application of these principles seem like wishful thinking, in the context of imperfect circumstances. Against this background, how can the international community deepen and widen its approaches to fragile states?
ECDPM’s Frauke de Weijer will moderate this seminar.
Organised by the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU and ECDPM.