Conflict and fragility present some of the most urgent challenges facing the developing world. They are threats to global and regional stability, and major obstacles to poverty reduction and the achievement of the MDGs.
DFID has recognised that working effectively in conflict-affected and fragile situations requires flexibility and innovation. Faced with insecurity, weak state capacity, difficult political environments and acute humanitarian crises, conventional approaches to aid delivery will often be inadequate. Responding to such challenges tests our ability to understand complex environments and adapt our objectives, modalities and partnerships accordingly. It requires a deeper understanding of the processes by which states ‘exit’ conflict and fragility, including state-building and peace-building processes, and how these can be supported from the outside.
The DFID Report ‘Working Effectively in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Situations 2010’ can be found here: DFID – Working Effectively in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Situations 2010