In light of the recent rise in violent conflicts and humanitarian crises around the world, the crisis prevention approach has attracted increasing attention from the international donor community in the past few years. Its aim is not just to spare human suffering, but also to save money – because preventing crises is demonstrably more cost-effective than coping with them.
The current edition of “Development in Brief” tackles the question of which approaches international development cooperation can use to stop conflicts from turning violent. Even if this throws up numerous challenges and limitations, there are still concrete approaches available with the potential to help prevent crises.
Peace building is becoming increasingly relevant as an approach to international development cooperation, especially since recent years have seen increased commitment in fragile contexts. The need for the provision of basic services is generally high. However, a lasting improvement in living conditions can hardly be achieved without transformation and conflict resolution. Especially in the context of reconstruction measures, the restoration of socio-political relationships is just as important as physical reconstruction. The question therefore arises as to whether and how infrastructure measures can contribute to peace.
This edition of "Development in Brief" examines the risks, but also the potential for peace-building associated with infrastructure projects. It becomes clear that the way in which projects are implemented is much more decisive than the type of infrastructure.
Security is an important prerequisite for sustainable development and guaranteeing security is one of the state’s fundamental duties. Nevertheless, those involved in international development cooperation find it difficult to support states with the development and reform of their security sectors.
The current edition of Development in Brief explains the wider understanding of the security sector in today’s world, why those involved in international development cooperation often have fear of contact with this area, and where they are still able to help strengthen the security sector on a sustainable basis.
Cities are regarded as motors of economic and social development in many developing countries and emerging economies, thus exerting an enormous pull on people from surrounding areas. However, reality looks sometimes different: many newcomers are confronted not only with poverty, but also violence, insecurity and lawlessness.
The current issue of Development in Brief discusses the causes of urban violence and reveals possible activities for development cooperation to help prevent and curb violence in urban areas.
The growing number of international crises and failed states increases the need for better ‘state building’ measures.
Today’s edition of Development in Brief explains what the term state building means and which specific foreign policy, security and development policy measures can help to support state building processes in partner countries.
Development cooperation is increasingly operating in fragile countries and contexts. But there is no universal definition of what characterises a fragile state. The various approaches incorporate different aspects of fragility which necessarily leads to different country classifications.
The current version of Development in Brief describes the three most common international classifications of fragile states, outlines their differences and similarities and compares the resulting country lists of fragile states.
Violent conflicts often lead to countless losses of human lives and can destroy important parts of local infrastructure in affected countries. In addition, they destroy social cohesion - the social capital of a country. Trust, solidarity and cooperation are an important basis for functioning institutions and efficient economies. The loss of social capital increases the risk of falling into a downward spiral of fragility, declining social cohesion and economic collapse.
The current issue of Development in Brief explains the concept and effects of social capital as well as its relevance in the context of crisis, and demonstrates how international development cooperation can help to avoid or limit the loss of social capital.
Organising the transition from acute crises to building up a sustainable state is a core development policy task that is increasingly gaining importance in view of the global political situation. On behalf of the German Federal Government, and funded by it, KfW implements a broad spectrum of measures in transitional aid and works with different partners depending on the country context. The overarching aim of these measures is to effectively interlink short-term aid and structurebuilding development cooperation.
The media these days is full of reports about economic refugees, climate refugees, internally displaced people and civil war refugees. However, only a portion of these are refugees according to definitions of the UN Refugee Agency.
This edition of Development in Brief explains the difference between refugees (in the narrow sense) and migrants, and identifies the most important structural causes and severe drivers of flight and migration, the factors on which a policy for combating the causes of flight should focus.
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