Understanding and Engaging Local Level Governance in Fragile States.docx
Understanding and Engaging Local Level Governance in Fragile States: State of the debate
Presentation by Professor Ken Menkhaus, followed by discussion
3rd November 2014 – Lessons in conflict and stabilisation seminar series
This seminar will explore the challenges of identifying and understanding local level governance coping strategies and how the international community should engage with those structures and attempt to reconnect them with the central state. In particular, the seminar will examine how can we understand the local environment and those governance structures in order to incorporate local preferences and coping strategies into the wider campaign plan? The discussion will be situated in the context of one or two case studies taken from the Horn of Africa. It will also consider contemporary thinking and the current state of the debate both in within the practitioner and academic communities.