24 Jul 2017

The Role of Young People in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

A forum entitled “The Role of Young People in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Socities” took place on July 19, 2017 as a side-event to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York City. The goal of the event was for participants to exchange information and experiences surrounding the role of youth in conflict-affected and fragile countries, and more specifically with regard to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2250, which calls for greater inclusion of youth in local, national and international decision-making and peace and statebuilding efforts. Resolution 2250 was created in recognition of the threat to stability and sustainable development caused by the radicalisation of youth. The theory behind the Resolution is that greater youth inclusion in all decision-making arenas will decrease radicalisation and violence, as it will provide young people a say in both their own futures and the future of their country.

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16 May 2017

g7+ Press Release: Poverty Reduction in Conflict-Affected Countries in the Spotlight

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, in partnership with the g7+, is co-hosting a conference to discuss the added challenges faced by conflict-affected countries in reducing poverty as an ambition of the Agenda 2030.

The conference will bring together development partners, civil society, non-g7+ countries affected by conflict, donor countries and the secretariats of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) to discuss the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from their perspective.

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24 Jan 2017

Forging Coherence on Two Vital Agendas for Sustainable Peace and Development

Erin McCandless, who on behalf of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), serves as the civil society co-chair of the New Deal Implementation Working Group, wrote an essay in anticipation of the High-Level dialogue on Building Sustainable Peace For All: Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Sustaining Peace. In it McCandless argues that, while frameworks and strategies are a starting point, ongoing ownership is the key to the implementation and realisation of the aspirations embedded in these agendas. Besides reflecting on the two agendas, McCandless reflects on how our experiences from the New Deal – which are inextricably linked to the 2030 Agenda and Sustaining Peace resolutions – offer insight and added value, if effectively utilised, for bringing these two agendas together, on the ground.

You can read her more, including the full essay, on the CSPPS website or on

21 Dec 2016

Aid effectiveness in fragile states - How bad is it and how can it improve?

We would like to share this new paper from the The Brookings Institution, written by Laurence Chandy in collaboration with Brina Seidel and Christine Zhang. The paper assesses how donor practices differ between countries affected by fragility and stable countries.

15 years ago donor policy toward fragile states could be characterised as mildly allergic, but in the recent years, it can be seen that there have been earnest efforts to deepen support and find ways of assisting these countries. The World Bank has committed to double resources to fragile states through IDA. The UK recently made a similar commitment to raise the share of its spending to fragile states.

The main concern of the paper is how all this new money is spent—and ensuring that the principles of good practice do not go out the window as can happen when donors work in difficult environments. The findings of the paper are quite sobering and it is hoped that it will stimulate a conversation about the role of donors, and their division of labor, in fragile countries.

Access the paper here.

19 Dec 2016

Minister Lövin visited Mogadishu

H.E. Minister Isabella Lövin, one of the Co-chairs of the International Dialogue, visited Somalia's capital Mogadishu on the 1st of December 2016.