About the International Dialogue


The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (International Dialogue) is the first forum for political dialogue to bring together countries affected by conflict and fragility, development partners, and civil society. The International Dialogue is composed of members of the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), the g7+ group of fragile and conflict-affected states, and member organisations of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS). 

This forum drives political momentum for change through strong partnerships and mutual accountability for results. It provides support to the global voice of fragile states and promotes solutions based on country-ownership and a comprehensive approach to development and security issues. 

What does the International Dialogue do?

A major outcome of this forum is the New Deal on Engagement in Fragile States. The New Deal is a key agreement between fragile states and partners which seeks to change the way national and international partners work together to promote peacebuilding and statebuilding in countries affected by conflict and fragility.

 The International Dialogue supports the implementation of the New Deal through

  • Facilitating experience sharing of good practices and constraints to delivering effective development cooperation in fragile states;
  • Building political momentum for change and trust between fragile and conflict affected countries, development partners, and civil society;
  • Developing and providing guidance for the implementation of the New Deal principles;
  • Supporting country level dialogues on key commitments of the New Deal, such as Use of Country Systems, Transparency and private sector engagement.

How does the International Dialogue work?

Once a year, the International Dialogue meets at the ministerial or senior level. The Global Meetings are the principal forum for political dialogue and decision-making by the International Dialogue members as a group. The mandate and progress in implementing the agreed work programme are reviewed at the annual Global Meetings, as well as at bi-annual Steering Group meetings.

Additionally, the Working Group on New Deal Implementation, co-chaired by Afghanistan and USAID, operates under the International Dialogue umbrella. It meets bi-annually at technical level.

Two co-chairs, representing fragile states and development partners, provide strategic direction and leadership for the International Dialogue. The International Dialogue is presently co-chaired by the Sierra Leonean Minister of Planning and Economic Development, H.E. Francis Kaikai, and the Canadian Minister of International Development, H.E. Karina Gould. Previous co-Chairs include Sweden, Denmark, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Finland, the Netherlands, Timor-Leste, and the United Kingdom

The International Dialogue Secretariat works in close collaboration with the g7+, the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), and civil society (CSPPS) secretariats.

Additional ad-hoc teams can be set up at the request of the Steering Group to work on specific issues with tight deadlines.



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