The two big challenges to genuine partnerships between international agencies and local actors
The “local” is increasingly fetishized in peacekeeping and conflict resolution circles. The UN’s recent high-level reviews of peacekeeping and peacebuilding pushed hard for “people-centred” approaches, as against traditional models of leadership by the national government.
In the aid world, the New Deal for Fragile States reads the same way. A product of sometimes awkward negotiations between recipient and donor governments, it insists that programming must be “country-led and country-owned”, but also underpinned by “credible and inclusive processes of political dialogue”. […]