No low-income fragile or conflict-affected country has yet to achieve a single Millennium Development Goal

The latest World Development Report (2011) has been published and this edition focusses on conflict, security and development. It can be downloaded freely from the World Bank as a pdf, but be warned it is a large file.

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(Via ELDIS) Some 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by repeated cycles of political and criminal violence, and no low-income fragile or conflict-affected country has yet to achieve a single Millennium Development Goal. Children living in fragile states are twice as likely to be undernourished and three times as likely to be out of school. And the effects of violence in one area can spread to neighboring states and to other parts of the world, hurting development prospects of others and impeding economic prospects for entire regions.

Here, the new World Development Report (WDR) on conflict and security asserts that fixing the economic, political, and security problems that disrupt development and trap fragile states in cycles of violence requires strengthening national institutions and improving governance in ways that prioritize citizen security, justice, and jobs.

This substantial, wide-reaching flagship publication from the World Bank covers a range of issues on the crucial nexus between conflict, security and development. These are clustered under three main headings, with a host of sub-themes:

1. The Challenge of Repeated Cycles of Violence:

  • Modern violence comes in various forms and repeated cycles
  • The developmental consequences of violence are severe
  • The vicious cycle of weak institutional legitimacy and violence.

2. Lessons from National and International Responses:

  • From violence to resilience: Restoring confidence and transforming institutions
  • Transforming institutions to deliver security, justice, and jobs
  • International support to building confidence and transforming institutions.

3. Practical Options and Recommendations:

  • Basic principles and country-specific frameworks for sustained violence prevention and recovery
  • External factors: Reducing external stresses and mobilizing external support
  • Preventing repeated cycles of violence by investing in citizen security, justice, and jobs.

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