Conflict and fragility
The number of interstate wars decreased over the past 25 years. Most conflicts nowadays take different (but no less violent) forms: recurring civil wars, urban violence, organized crime, and widespread corruption. At the same time - be it cause or effect - states are increasingly in risk of failure. Sustainable peace, however, is based on social integration, the protection of fundamental human rights and the rule of law.
For empowering pro-poor development, a holistic approach toward the promotion of peace, state-building and prevention of (criminal) violence is required:
- Recovery from conflict is successful and sustainable when it benefits all of a population, rather than only a segment. Recovery should not create new inequalities by favoring either the former aggressors or those who were victimized.
- Institutional capacity and accountability must be strengthened. Conditions of fragile statehood do not necessarily lead to conflicts. Conflicts are more likely to escalate when weak institutions fail to provide their citizens with domestic security, rule of law, and economic opportunities.
- Prevention of violence for a safe environment is key for people to take part in social, economic and political interaction. People must be able to attend markets, school, and work without fearing for their physical safety.
joyn-coop supports its client base with conceptual and project-related advice to…
…advance methods of crisis prevention: We advise on the development and application of methods and tools for conflict prevention as a cross-cutting issue. This includes support for a conflict-sensitive approach in planning, executing, and monitoring projects as well as providing support toward building an organizational mainstreaming process via training or adaptation of internal processes.
…improve capacities for conflict transformation: We advise on peaceful approaches to conflict resolution, including the analysis of underlying root causes of conflict. We identify measures to improve social inclusion and to strengthen state-society interaction. In order to achieve positive interaction between different interest groups, we integrate the involved stakeholders in the planning and implementation of development cooperation measures.
…promote approaches of peace-building: We advise on responses to situations of fragile statehood or on reconstruction measures in the aftermath of violent conflicts. This includes advising on development measures at the national and regional level for providing the target group with security, justice, and employment. Particular attention is paid to balancing both immediate needs and longer-term sustainable recovery. We also advise stakeholders in coping with the high risks of post-conflict environments.