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2019 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development: Crisis response to peacebuilding – achieving synergies

14 May 2019
16 May 2019

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The 2019 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development will confront the dilemmas of connecting the compromises and negotiations necessary for immediate stability with the planning and vision necessary for peacebuilding agendas like Agenda 2030 and the UN sustaining peace resolutions. Addressing these dilemmas can inform how humanitarian assistance, security response, development cooperation and peacebuilding can complement each other for more effective national action and international support in fragile situations.

The Forum will be an opportunity to create dialogue between national actors, security practitioners and policymakers that work on “stabilization” with the diplomats and aid workers engaged in humanitarian aid, development cooperation and peacebuilding. Partly, this is about learning the language from each community, but it will also bring together forward leaning thought leaders from different communities to bridge this divide. This year’s Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development is designed to challenge conventional wisdoms in all sectors. Small, deep-dive workshops and roundtables will present a challenge and explore solutions. Some examples of discussion topics include:

• How can we connect stability achieved from security interventions to sustainable peace? How would we learn from the past?
• Humanitarian response to diplomacy and development – where does/can/should negotiated access link to multi-track mediation?
• How can we connect elite bargains to inclusive constitutional and institutional reform processes that protect against future elite capture?
• Fragile and conflict-affected populations remain at risk of being left behind. How can the crises of today be connected to broader Agenda 2030?

ECDPM’s Pauline Veron and Lidet Tadesse will host a session on ‘Implementing the humanitarian–development–peacebuilding nexus: From good intentions to action‘ on Wednesday 15 May, from 11.30 to 13.30.

Lidet Tadesse will also speak on “how do civil society organizations view the challenge of building state and/or local legitimacy in situations of fragility and violence” at a session organised by United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

The session brings together multiple stakeholders to debate the complexity of these issues. It will utilise new research conducted by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) on the nexus approach to security, humanitarian aid, peacebuilding and development cooperation, in general and in Somalia in particular. As an organisation outside of these communities, ECDPM provides critical insights into the incentives and disincentives behind why certain aspects of the nexus approach work and others face resistance.

The objective of the session is to foster an honest exchange on ‘what works and what doesn’t in what context’ in implementing the nexus, taking Somalia as a case study. In that way, the session aims to go away from the conceptual linkages between or the practical impetus to collaborate across humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors, to catalyze a more critical discussion on the translation of the nexus into programs and partnerships.

For more information please visit the event website.

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