International Cooperation in Fragile Contexts and Situations of Armed Conflict
The main objective of this policy-oriented research project was to assess the existing knowledge of international engagement in fragile/ conflict situations, both in terms of previous research experiences and donor/agency community practices. It aimed to to gain a better understanding of the various underlying assumptions that guide donor interventions in fragile/ conflict situations, as well as the existing conceptual and empirical knowledge existent in research and practice.
The project resulted in two publications mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC):
CCDP Working Paper Number 6 (2010)
Author: Achim Wennmann
Report Prepared for the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Accra 2-5 September 2008).
The first report was generated by the SDC upon the initiative of the Conflict Prevention and Transformation Division (COPRET), for the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra, Ghana, on 2-4 September 2008. Based on Switzerland’s long-term experiences in South Asia—particularly in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Pakistan—and in collaboration with SDC’s South Asia Division, CCDP was asked to critically assess the work conducted in these countries, and to distil lessons for engagement in fragile, conflict countries.
These reports take stock of a diverse selection of scholarly and policy literatures, and makes a contribution to the evolving discussions on state fragility in academia and the donor community.