New report on international support for inclusive political settlements


In January 2017, the OECD’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) published a report co-written by Berghof research staff (Véronique Dudouet and Stina Lundström). Funded by the German Ministry for Cooperation (BMZ) and GIZ, the study entitled “Hitting the target, but missing the point?” looks at how bilateral and multilateral donors have conceptualized and implemented their commitment to supporting inclusive and legitimate political settlements, as formulated in the 2011 New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. Based on empirical evidence acquired through case studies in four New Deal pilot countries (Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Timor-Leste) the report notes that efforts to advance thinking about, and practice of, the politics of development remain largely experimental and have not yet been brought to scale. Concluding that the New Deal has not yet led to a fundamental rethink of how donors can effectively support inclusive and legitimate politics in fragile contexts, the report puts forward a set of recommendations that should enable international state-building and peacebuilding assistance to better acknowledge, and work with, the realities of fragmented and contested governance in fragile and conflict-affected environments.

The report is also available on INCAF’s website >

For more information on the report’s background and methodology, see also the project description here >