Other Reads on Postconflict Reconstruction

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 11/30/2011

The Emergence of a Somali State: Building Peace from Civil War in Somaliland

By Fiona Davies and Gregory Smith. Overseas Development Institute, October 2010.

Despite little outside intervention, the 1991-1993 peace process in the peaceful northern enclave of Somaliland successfully enabled a sustainable governance framework under a civilian administration. Persistent efforts identified pre-existing social norms that facilitate dialogue and successfully leveraged them to build consensus through conference and negotiation toward a legitimate political framework.

Planning and Budgeting in Southern Sudan: Lessons for Post-Conflict Settings

By Fiona Davies and Gregory Smith. Overseas Development Institute, October 2010.

Lack of experience and capacity in designing and managing national budgets is a common feature in post conflict contexts. Through innovative inter-ministerial budget sector working groups, coding systems to enhance monitoring, and adopting technical systems at a slow but deliberative pace, the Government of South Sudan offers some lessons for setting budget priorities, spending ceilings, and administrative schema.

A Field-Based Review of the Peacebuilding Commission in Burundi

By Shepard Forman, Gigja Sorensen and Rahul Chandran. Center for International Cooperation, 2010.

The UN Peacebuilding Commission, established in 2005 to better coordinate actors and integrate strategies in post-conflict interventions, is making substantial contributions in Burundi. Several initial shortcomings, however, suggest that future peacebuilding missions need to better incorporate pre-existing processes into strategy development and establish a forum where donors and stakeholders can speak with one collective voice to influence key actors.

Society in Statebuilding: Lessons for Improving Democratic Governance

By Edward Bell. Initiative for Peace Building, 2009.

Reconstruction and development assistance offer an opportunity not only to deliver needed services and improve well-being but to build accountable governance structures. Though incorporating governance strengthening into post-conflict reconstruction projects requires addressing difficult obstacles regarding local political contexts, overcoming suspicion, and devising legitimate lines of authority, the sustainability and potential impact of assistance can be greatly enhanced.

Employment Creation, Income Generation, and Reintegration in Post-Conflict Settings

United Nations, 2008.

An overview of concepts and lessons learned in generating employment in post-conflict settings – frequently cited as a key factor in creating stability and fostering recovery. The analysis argues that of particular importance is the targeting of youth unemployment, understanding labor markets, and ensuring inclusivity.