SDC's engagement in fragile contexts and prevention of violent conflicts
SDC Fragility, conflicts, violence and human rights violations: these are among the main challenges to poverty reduction. Fragility within a state is characterised by the government’s inability to provide security and basic public services. A constructive and reciprocal relationship between the government and the citizens is also lacking.
International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States is a key agreement between fragile and conflict affected states, international development partners and civil society to improve current development policy and practice in fragile states. Countries committed themselves to pursuing more political ways of working to address the root causes of conflict and fragility and to channelling investments in fragile states in line with basic but adapted aid effectiveness principles. The New Deal calls for five Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals (PSGs) to be at the forefront of all international efforts in fragile and conflict-affected countries. It was crafted by the International Dialogue and signed by more than 40 countries and organizations at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness on November 30th 2011 in Busan, Korea.
The Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations
OECD The Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations – or Fragile States Principles (FSPs) – were developed and endorsed in 2007 by OECD ministers as a set of guidelines for actors involved in development co-operation, peacebuilding, statebuilding and security in fragile and conflict-affected states. In particular, the FSPs sought to help translate the principles of aid effectiveness – as per the Paris Declaration of 2005 – into contexts of fragility and conflict and help to foster constructive donor engagement where governance is weak and politics volatile.
Building health systems in fragile states: the instructive example of Afghanistan
The Lancet Global Health In The Lancet Global Health, Nadia Akseer and colleagues1 document the fairly positive maternal and child health outcomes achieved in Afghanistan over the course of a little over a decade. The publication of the Article is timely because the global health community is grappling with the lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goal period and also with the outcomes of several Ebola-related reviews.2 A message common to many of these reviews is that, unless we find ways to build functional health systems in fragile and failed states, it will be harder to make further progress on key global goals, such as the reduction of maternal and child mortality, as well as to protect the world from new infectious disease outbreaks.