The origins of the International Dialogue date back to the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, which recognized the need for a consensus on special measures to improve aid effectiveness in situations of conflict and fragility.
Subsequently, in 2007, the DAC Fragile States Principles were launched to provide a set of guidelines for actors involved in development co-operation, peacebuilding, statebuilding, and security efforts in fragile and conflict affected states. Later, in 2008, in Accra, at the 3rd High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, a number of fragile states –later grouped as the g+7 – called for a dialogue in which they could have an equal voice to development partners in establishing peacebuilding and statebuilding priorities.
The IDPS was officially created in 2008, with the mandate to develop a set of peacebuilding and statebuilding objectives and an action plan for effective engagement in fragile states. The early findings of the Dialogue were presented at the 4th High Level Forum in 2011 in Busan, where Ministers and senior officials from the g7+ group and development partners endorsed The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States and made specific commitments to implement its provisions.