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    Avant la lettre? The EU's Comprehensive Approach (to crises) in the Sahel

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    Our Collective Interest: Why Europe’s problems need global solutions and global problems need European action

ECDPM’s Conflict, Security and Resilience Programme supports and informs processes that make conflict prevention, peacebuilding and statebuilding more coherent and effective. We focus on Africa and the relationship between the EU and Africa.

Violent conflict and insecurity affects more than 1.5 billion people globally and will be one of the major foreign and development policy challenges globally and for the EU in the coming years.

In the not-so-distant past, international responses to conflict and fragility dealt with urgent and acute crises, rather than preventing them from happening in the first place. They focused on the immediate triggers of conflict, rather than addressing the underlying factors.

With fragmented and incoherent responses, informal institutions, local practices and endogenous capacities have often been overlooked, though they can determine the ability of states and societies to counter external shocks and internal conflict.

Official policies and implementation generally do not sufficiently focus on nurturing country-level processes and endogenous capacity development, which are required for effective transitions towards development to happen. This calls for new ways of engagement. Existing policy frameworks, institutional arrangements and approaches to engage in conflict-prone and fragile situations that transit towards resilience and development need to be questioned, reformulated or implemented differently.

Furthermore, it calls for an increased dialogue between international and domestic actors, in order to bridge the gaps in perspectives on pathways out of fragility, conflict and weak governance.

Against this rationale, our programme promotes informed Africa-EU dialogues on conflict, security, resilience and post-conflict action, with coherent and effective approaches that support transitions from conflict to sustainable development. Supporting ECDPM’s 2012-2016 Strategy, we work to bridge the gaps in perspective and to find pathways out of fragility, conflict and weak governance.

We support African continental and regional organisations and frameworks, such as the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), the g7+ and the New Deal to develop new modes of international cooperation that suits their needs. We also support European actors and institutions in their search for more comprehensive and integrated responses to conflict prevention, peacebuilding and statebuilding.

Ongoing topics

European Responses to Violent Conflict and Crisis 
We promote efforts to enhance the EU’s overall political and institutional capacity to be an effective global player in dealing with conflict prevention, peacebuilding and statebuilding.

Responses to Violent Conflict and Crisis in Africa
We aim to support peacebuilding processes, working with African institutions and initiatives at both the continental and regional levels so they can better deal with conflict, security and support greater resilience.

Other work to address conflict and crisis 
Global policy discussions and initiatives are needed on peace, conflict, security and resilience. We promote these emerging insights to European and African policy makers to better connect policy with practice in peacebuilding and statebuilding.


Watch videos from the Conflict, Security and Resilience programme, explaining more of the work we do and capturing knowledge from events and workshops


EDD13: El Khidir Daloum on conflict and post-2015

Poverty in Fragile States: Getting Elites On Board