Conflict

Conflict exists in all societies at all times.  Non-violent resolution is possible when individuals and groups have trust in their governing structures, society and institutions to manage incompatible interests. Conflict becomes a problem when this trust and respective conflict management capacities are absent and conflicting parties choose instead to resort to the use of force to secure their goals.  Addressing the causes and effects of conflict are critical to the stabilisation process. 

pdf Conflict, violence, and instability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Title: Conflict, Violence, and Instability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Author:
Suparva Narasimhaiah
Institution:
International Peace Institute (IPI)
Publication Date: September, 2013

Keywords: Conflict

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This publication presents current thinking on the impact of conflict, violence, and instability on development and considers some potential strategies for addressing these issues in the post-2015 development agenda.  The publication also offers an assessment on some of the lessons learned so far in addressing the impact of conflict, violence, and instability on development. The document is useful for policy makers and practitioners who need to understand what the key issues in the Post-2015 development agenda are and how to tackle them.

pdf Preventing Violent Conflict: Assessing Progress, Meeting Challenges

Title: Preventing Violent Conflict: Assessing Progress, Meeting Challenges
Author:
 Lawrence Woocher
Institution: United States Institute of Peace
Publication Date: 2009
Keywords: Conflict

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New wars will continue to erupt unabated if greater and smarter efforts are not made to prevent them. Current dangers stem from factors such as the rise of unstable regimes, global economic turbulence, climate change, and the shift in global power distribution.  A wide range of governments and many intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations have made commitments to take serious efforts to prevent violent conflicts. However the international community as a whole has still not developed robust capacities to prevent violent conflict and to deploy them strategically.  Practice rarely lives up to rhetorical commitments.

pdf Think global, act global: Confronting global factors that influence conflict and fragility

Title: Think global, act global: Confronting global factors that influence conflict and fragility
Author: OECD DAC
Institution:
OECD DAC
Publication Date: September, 2012

Keywords: Conflict

 

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This publication by the OECD-DAC highlights the impact of globalisation on conflict and fragility – particularly with increased integration.  It argues the world has become a more stable and equitable place with increased interdependencies as a result of globalization.  The key lesson from this publication is in an increasingly interdependent and inter-connected world, there is a need to change the way we tackle global drivers of conflict and fragility. The publication argues the impact of these global factors requires effective global processes, regimes and responses in order to tackle them. 

At the same time, the report acknowledges these global factors can also have a profound influence on whether countries grow, remain safe and cooperate with each other.  The publication is useful for policy makers and practitioners who work on/across global, cross border and transnational issues. 

pdf Women & Conflict: An Introductory Guide for Programming

Title: Women & Conflict: An Introductory Guide for Programming
Institution: USAID
Publication Date: 2007
Keywords: Community Engagement, Conflict, Gender 
 

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This Guide describes how conflict affects women differently from men, identifies lessons learned and suggests programming approaches that address these issues while building on the strengths of women.  The Guide is useful for those seeking to understand the differential impact of conflict upon women and specifically for those working on policy and programmatic responses to conflict.

pdf World Development Report 2011 - Overview – Conflict, Security and Development

Title: World Development Report 2011 - Overview – Conflict, Security and Development
Institution: World Bank
Publication Date: 2011
Keywords: Conflict, Stabilisation

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The World Development Report (WDR) 2011 is essential reading for those working in policy and programming on conflict and development issues.  The report contains a vast amount of primary research which it uses to explain why the development community has to find more effective ways to work in conflict-affected and fragile contexts.

pdf Youth and Violent Conflict: Society and Development in Crisis?

Title: Youth and Violent Conflict: Society and Development in Crisis?
Institution: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Publication Date: 2006
Keywords: Conflict, Gender, Peacebuilding

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As young people are growing in number and are faced with fewer education opportunities, unemployment, the HIV/AIDS crisis, war and other forms of violence, there is increasing concern, even alarm, about ‘youth’ and the conditions that may encourage their participation in perpetuating violence and preventing the consolidation of peace and development.  Most analyses of conflict in different parts of the world are starting to identify a ‘youth factor’ as a key element in the generation or perpetuation of violence.  This tendency often leads to overlooking the positive contribution of young people to society, including their potential role in sustaining the social fabric and promoting peace. 

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