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Upcoming events

[15 March] Online forum: Public engagement in fragile and conflict-affected settings

There’s a huge amount of interest in “inclusive” approaches in fragile and conflict-affected settings, but not many practical examples. What’s feasible in tough environments? And where can we find some good practice? […]

Past events

[18/01/17] Wiki launch: Stabilisation done smarter

Our ambitions to stabilize and reshape fragile states are of very recent origin. Pretty much everything that we’re attempting was unheard of a decade ago, and almost none of it pre-dates the end of the Cold War.

As one commentator on Afghanistan has put it, that makes aid in fragile states akin to pre-modern medicine, “when the human body was poorly understood and doctors prescribed bloodletting, or drilled into skulls to treat madness.” […]

18th January, 2017|Tags: , , |

Wiki launch: Urban migration in fragile states

For decades, forced displacement has been a key performance indicator for humanitarian agencies. The numbers drive fundraising, fuel political battles, and underpin strategy.

And yet — fragile states are not defined solely by violence. They are subject to the same trends of internal migration, and rapid urbanisation, that we see across the developing world.

This means that the policy lens of “internal displacement” is crude, at best. At worst, it works actively against local peoples’ strategies for economic and social resilience. […]

7th December, 2016|Tags: , |

Open-source thinking for fragile states

Software companies do it. So do mathematicians, astronomers and physicists. Even social services bureaucrats are now embracing ‘policy hackathons’ in a range of countries around the world.

All this springs from the recognition that open-source evolves much more rapidly, taps a much wider range of expertise, and is more demand-driven.

Yet in the humanitarian and development sectors, we’re lagging behind. We still make policy in our cramped institutional silos, using full-time ‘senior advisors’ and ‘policy officers’, through multi-year processes with endless sign-offs.

So we’re asking the question: What would it be like to do things differently? […]

8th November, 2016|Tags: , |

Conference: Conflict and economic development in South Asia

From 26-27 September OP Jindal Global University, just outside of New Delhi, hosted discussions on the intersection of security, economics and service delivery.

The focus areas included Manipur, Assam, Kashmir, and Afghanistan. […]

27th September, 2016|Tags: , , |

Round table: “Screw-up night”

No-one has a 100% success rate working in fragile states. In fact quite the opposite — it’s an all-too-familiar feeling when our best efforts get over-taken by events on the ground. The grass gets crushed when the elephants fight, as the old saying has it. […]

31st August, 2016|Tags: , , |

Round table: “Learning from experiments”

July’s round table for the London Conflict / Fragility group focused on a question that has come up again and again in previous sessions. If we’re really committed to “demand-driven” approaches, then we’ve got to be committed to empirical investigation of what works. […]

27th July, 2016|Tags: , |
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