ODI Event Series Development, security and transitions in fragile states

01 July – 02 December 2009

Too often, the development community has treated states affected by fragility and conflict simply as harder cases of development…Yet these situations require looking beyond the analytics of development – to a different framework of building security, legitimacy, governance and economy’ World Bank, President Bob Zoellick.

Of the estimated 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty, around one quarter are thought to live in ‘so called’ fragile states. These are countries characterised by protracted insecurity, political instability, weak governance and poor economic management. Lacking the state capacity to deliver basic services and meet people’s aspirations, they are often affected by violent conflict.  Fragile states have now become a prominent feature of international development, security and diplomacy landscapes. This concentration of the world’s poorest in fragile states brings with it major challenges of governance, economy and security.

The drivers of fragility are complex, linked to both international and local factors including economic and social inequalities and exclusion, lack of effective channels for the peaceful expression of people’s demands and expectations, severe economic decline, and competition over natural resources.  At root, conflict and fragility often stem from failures of governance, increasing the risk of violent modes of dispute resolution. But what does this mean in practical terms and what challenges and risks does it present?

ODI is hosting a meeting series to explore the causes of fragility and the key challenges to peace building and state building processes. The series will bring together a mix of senior researchers, practitioners and policy makers to discuss the opportunities and challenges for engaging in fragile situations in terms of approaches, tools and instruments. The nine public meetings will run between July 2009 and December 2009, covering the following topics:

  1. 01 July 2009 – Fragile states: The new paradigm?understanding state fragility in the 21st century
  2. 17 September 2009 – Security, development and stabilisation: promoting peaceful transitions through international engagement
  3. September 2009 – Securing the peace:  peacekeeping and civilian protection
  4. October 2009 – Peace versus justice? Understanding transitional justice in fragile states
  5. October 2009 Shaky foundations? Political settlements, peace agreements and the road to stability
  6. October 2009 – Towards a responsible state: building legitimate and accountable institutions
  7. November 2009 – Early recovery from conflict: the challenges of integrating humanitarian and development frameworks
  8. November 2009 – The economics of recovery: creating an enabling environment for growth and investment
  9. 02 December 2009 – Aid under pressure: towards aid effectiveness in fragile situations –

odi events series title=development-security-transitions-fragile-states

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