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Supporting Statebuilding in Situations of Conflict and Fragility

Policy Guidance

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Functioning states are essential for reducing poverty, sustaining peace and achieving agreed development goals. Despite receiving growing international attention in recent years, fragile states are falling behind other low-income countries in human development. Fragility – and its negative consequences – can destabilise entire regions and have global repercussions. Tackling the challenges associated with fragility requires a concerted international effort to support sustainable statebuilding processes, based on robust state-society relations.

Supporting Statebuilding in Situations of Conflict and Fragility: Policy Guidance presents new thinking on statebuilding and clear recommendations for better practice. It provides an internationally accepted conceptual framework for statebuilding, informed by today’s realities of conflict-affected and fragile situations. Building on good practices already being successfully applied on the ground, this guidance lays out how developing and developed countries can better facilitate positive statebuilding processes and strengthen the foundations upon which capable and legitimate states are built. The recommendations in this guidance address critical areas for better international engagement from strategy development and programme design and delivery to day-to-day operations in the field and at headquarters.

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Making strategic choices and defining overall objectives

The top priority for development partners is to reconsider and reorient their broader strategies for engagement and define objectives that are consistent with statebuilding. To achieve this, the five main recommendations for development partners are: (i) understand the context and local statebuilding processes and dynamics; (ii) understand your own role and clarify your objectives in relation to statebuilding; (iii) consider who you can work with, and where to work; (iv) work towards greater coherence across your government or organisation; and (v) recognise the global and regional dimensions of statebuilding.

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