Conflict & Fragility

Affinity Group

This group is for members interested in engaging with the most pressing issues challenging organizations working on development, peacebuilding and statebuilding in conflict-affected and fragile contexts, and supporting both the implementation of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States and the inclusion of peacebuilding elements in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) Affinity Group Program provides a platform for AfP members to engage with colleagues for greater collaboration, joint learning, and collective action within particular areas of the field. AfP members are invited to join one or more groups based on their interests and work. Each Affinity Group will have its own page on the AfP website to facilitate communication among group members and access to some staff support for its activities.

The Alliance for Peacebuilding co-chairs InterAction’s Conflict and Fragility Working Group (CFWG), which meets monthly to discuss issues related to development in conflict-affected and fragile states. In addition to holding thematic discussions, the group supports the implementation of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States and the inclusion of peacebuilding elements in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

AfP members interested in joining the CFWG should demonstrate a commitment to consistent and active participation in meetings. For information about joining the next meeting, contact Liz Hume, Senior Director for Programs and Strategy, at lhume@allianceforpeacebuilding.org.

Background

The CFWG grew out of the work of InterAction’s Aid Effectiveness Working Group (AEWG) established in 2009. Throughout 2010 and 2011, the AEWG became deeply involved in both the CSO and governmental negotiations leading up to the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness held in Busan, South Korea in December 2011. Following the Busan conference, the AEWG dedicated itself to implementing the streams of work arising from the new agreements reached in Busan.

One of the key “building blocks” of the Busan process is a focus on aid effectiveness in “Conflict-Affected and Fragile States.” Nearly forty countries, including the U.S., endorsed the “New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States” which lays out guiding principles for effectiveness, including five key “Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals” (PSGs), to guide international and host country strategies. In addition, an ambitious program for eight pilot countries (Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Somalia) has been established.

Though initially created to engage with the New Deal process, The Conflict and Fragility Working Group has broadened its scope to engage with the most pressing issues challenging organizations working on development, peacebuilding and statebuilding in conflict-affected and fragile contexts. It provides a platform in Washington for discussions of policy and practice for a range of multi-sector civil society stakeholders. The Working Group meets regularly with USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) to discuss technical themes around development implementation in fragile states, the New Deal, and potential areas of collaboration for the U.S. government and civil society.

Moving forward, the CFWG will aim to strengthen links with and support for local civil society peacebuilding and development efforts in fragile states, engage more deeply with operational humanitarian groups, and serve as the NGO focal point for USAID and other U.S. agencies involved in U.S. bilateral aid and development investments in fragile states.

For more information on the Conflict and Fragility Working Group, please email Liz Hume, Senior Director for Programs and Strategy, at lhume@allianceforpeacebuilding.org.

Learn more about AfP’s work on Conflict-Affected and Fragile States here.

For information about other AfP Affinity Groups, please email Adam Wolf, Administrative Coordinator, at adam@allianceforpeacebuilding.org.