The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding organised a Panel event on 1 March 2016 on the margins of the World Bank Group Fragility Forum, entitled “Tackling Conflict and Fragility through Global Norms Setting: Reflecting on the Experience of the New Deal and the International Dialogue”. The purpose of the Panel was to reflect on the experience on the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States in advance of the April launch of the Independent Review of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States (CIC/NYU).
The Panel for the event was made up of Sarah Cliffe (CIC/NYU), Hodan Osman (Ministry of Finance, Somalia), Helder da Costa (g7+ Secretariat), Paul Okumu (Africa Platform) and Anne-Lise Klausen (World Bank), and was chaired by Kathryn Nwajiaku (Head of the International Dialogue Secretariat). While exploring how to capitalise on successes of the New Deal, the participants were also invited to discuss the challenge of sustaining political commitment thereto, and finding sustainable solutions to protracted crises around the world.
The full recording of the event can be viewed here:
Changing the global conversation
Global norms matter. In a rapidly changing world where urgent issues compete for political attention, the ability to get one's voice heard and change the global conversation is a huge challenge. The International Dialogue has contributed to shaping norms and standards for best practice in countries affected by fragility and conflict around the world, and has done so in an intensely crowded field.
The New Deal, which has been endoresed by over 40 governments and organisations since 2011, emphasizes the need for peacebuilding and statebuilding to be prioritised, in ways that put country ownership and leadership first. It also recognises the primacy of politics, rebuilding state-society relations, and rebuilding shattered institutions as key to resilience and ending recurrent cycles of violence and conflict over the longer term.