Title: Conflict, Violence, and Instability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Author: Suparva Narasimhaiah
Institution: International Peace Institute (IPI)
Publication Date: September, 2013
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.
The key purpose of the publication is to provide evidence and reinforce the point international actors working in conflict, violent and need to focus their activities toward building stable societies by paying particular attention to peacebuilding and effective governance. The publication has three key messages:
Essentially, it acknowledges while the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were not designed to address the triple challenges of conflict, violence, and instability on development, there is currently an opportunity to leverage existing knowledge to design an inclusive mandate for the post-2015 development agenda. One way of addressing this would be to design ambitious goals to tackle the triple challenges. These goals need to be universal yet adaptable and contextualized to each national situation, and they should reflect underlying narratives and targets. At the same time, the indicators used need to be based on numerical standards that will be global but adaptable to different country situations.
The publication recognizes there is a need to conceptualise the right narrative to mobilize global support to address the triple challenges in the post-2015 development agenda. This entails raising and amplifying the voices of those in the global south and regions affected by the triple. Tackling this issue calls for the adoption of an audacious and ambitious narrative that addresses conflict and violence.
The third key message of the publication is the need to design goals that are universal yet adaptable, contextualized and prioritised at country level. In order to face up to the challenges posed by the challenges mentioned above, the goals need to be generic, broad and tied to a common agreed narrative. An appropriate way of going about this would be the adoption of a common framework to address conflict and violence in the post-2015 agenda. Preferably, this framework would need to be anchored within the United Nations system in order to garner the required universal consensus.
The above three key messages would then be brought together within a broader UN constituted framework would set out the strategy on the post-2015 development agenda. The strategy would focus on, among other things, targeting the right champions form states, empowering civil society within countries and engage with UN member states to provide an understanding of the need to address these challenges on development.