The IDS Bulletin on "Inclusive Peace and Security" is reprinting articles dating back to an eloquent article by Willy Brandt from 1985, which are as relevant now as when they were first published.
The F2F in Kiev is coming closer with our Learning Journey being one of the thematic issues to discuss. We come back to the very first step of the journey and wanted to know from some people, what they thought about Patricia Justino's study and how it leads the way forward in the next steps of the Learning Journey.
If you don't have time to read the study, please watch the video and tell us what you think too!
Local governments are often the first to collapse when factions fight for territorial control. In post-conflict settings, the state is often unable to effectively reach parts of its territory for years. Given these challenges, it is no surprise that decentralization and local governance provisions are increasingly prominent in peace agreements and national post-conflict peacebuilding agendas.
This online course explores how decentralization contributes to peacebuilding and identifies the elements of local governance that are most relevant in a post-conflict/peacebuilding context. Concrete case studies are used to illustrate successful decentralization reforms and peacebuilding efforts at the local level.
Patricia Justino gives us a preview of her paper on:
download presentation HERE!
Duncan Green, author of ‘From Poverty to Power’ is a regular blogger. Here a post on:
I hope this
finds you well. Please find below the links to two Secure Livelihoods
Research Consortium (SLRC) synthesis reports covering all SLRC
The SLRC South Sudan team also contributed to these reports.
Service delivery, public perceptions and state legitimacy
Service delivery and state capacity
I previously shared with you SLRC South Sudan reports which you can find HERE.
A very short read with different examples on how the Rule of Law and Peacebuilding are connected:
In 2005, the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army concluded a peace agreement, formally ending the 22-year-old civil war. Following a referendum, South Sudan seceded; donors put billions toward the new state and Sudan’s recovery, supporting – amongst other things – the development of new state institutions for both countries. However, in December 2013, war broke out again in South Sudan.
Prevalent approaches to state building – such as those employed in Sudan and South Sudan from 2005 to 2013 – focus mainly on infrastructure and bureaucracy, based on the underlying assumption that service delivery fosters state legitimacy. Recent research, however, questions this assumption, arguing that it ignores the role that political structures, ideas and history play in legitimation or de-legitimation of the state.
This report uses South Sudan as an example to interrogate people’s perceptions of the state, asking what – if not service delivery – fosters state legitimacy
The reserach consortium is looking into questions that are of key concern for our Learning Journey
Legitimacy: Establishing, building or strengthening state legitimacy is a major element of state-building, yet policymakers and researchers have tended to ignore the tricky question of legitimacy. Using a local-level, people-centred perspective, SLRC explores how individuals’ experiences, perceptions and expectations of the state and local governance shape legitimacy.
Capacity: If the first theme focuses on the ‘demand’ side of state-building, then the second is concerned with its ‘supply’ side. Social protection and basic services are important in their own right, and identifying which mechanisms and partnerships are most effective in terms of securing their delivery in different contexts is a key priority for research and policy.
Economic activity: Research under this theme asks: what do livelihood trajectories in conflict-affected situations tell us about how governments and aid agencies can more effectively support the ways in which poor and vulnerable people make a living? SLRC addresses this using a longitudinal perspective – a key gap in the current evidence base – which helps build a picture of how people attempt to secure their livelihoods in particular contexts and over time.
Please find more information and publications: http://www.securelivelihoods.org/content/2251/What-we-do
On 8 June 2017 swisspeace is reflecting on its mandate for UNICEF and recent project designs and reviews for SDC
around the topic of Peacebuilding through Decentralization and Local Governance.
This is a first event in a series in relation to our learning journey.