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20 Apr 2016

Striking extreme poverty by 2030: How can the New Deal help?

The author of the Independent Review of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, Sarah Hearn, wrote a blog for the World Bank in which she argues that the New Deal’s peacebuilding and statebuilding goals (PSGs) are the basis for fighting extreme poverty, and adds that if fragile states (g7+), donor countries and development partners work together to implement the goals, one billion people could escape extreme poverty by 2030. Indeed, while international partners can do more to fulfil their side of the New Deal bargain, they must also work more closely with the g7+ under SDG 17 to build greater partnerships for the realisation of the PSGs.

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17 Apr 2016

Independent Review Launched

Five years after being agreed by over 40 member states and supporters, the International Dialogue’s New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States has delivered progress in countries ranging from Somalia to Sierra Leone. In order to understand the development impacts made under the New Deal, and to reflect on the lessons to be learnt, the International Dialogue commissioned an independent review by the New York University's Center on International Cooperation.

The report, by Sarah Hearn, is the most comprehensive piece of research carried out on the International Dialogue and the New Deal, and marks a major moment in the pursuit of this initiative.

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06 Apr 2016

ID Co-Chairs op-ed for Financial Times

More coordinated action needed to stem roots of terror and forced migration

Following the International Dialogue’s 5th High Level meeting in Stockholm on 5 April 2016, the Co-Chairs, Ministers Lövin and Marah, wrote an opinion peace for the Financial Times beyondbrics, calling on the international community to act together to address the root causes of fragility. Recalling that there are no shortcuts to breaking the cycle of violence, the Ministers emphasised that political and security-related issues must go hand-in-hand with development cooperation, and all parties involved must agree on a joint plan for transitions from fragility that is country-led and country-owned. The outcome of the meeting - the Stockholm Declaration - outlined the necessary steps for a revived commitment to the New Deal for peace.

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05 Apr 2016

5th Global Meeting a Success

Today, 1.5 billion of the world’s poorest live in countries grappling with conflict or fragility. By 2030, without coordinated international action to tackle the root causes, two thirds of the world’s poor will be living in countries and regions plagued by endemic violence, and fragility. This will undermine any prospect of achieving the UN’s ambitious goal of eradicating extreme poverty in Agenda 2030, which the world signed up to last September. And, crucially, it could further precipitate the global humanitarian and refugee crises and heightened threats of terrorism with increasing repercussions on a global scale.

Recognising the urgency of this challenge, members and supporters of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, from over 40 countries, gathered in Stockholm on 5 April to commit to speeding up and scaling up their efforts to prevent conflict by tackling its root causes. 

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01 Apr 2016

A new global partnership for conflict-affected states

In advance of the International Dialogue’s 5th High Level Meeting, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, wrote an article for the Brookings Institution outlining what needs to happen for the New Deal to respond to challenges in both the development and humanitarian fields. In it he emphasised the principles of the New Deal, in particular the TRUST and FOCUS components, as providing a foundation for collective efforts. In order for the New Deal therefore to drive forward efforts in view of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Fernandez-Taranco identified three steps related to the financial, normative and ownership aspects of the New Deal.

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