Post-Conflict Reconstruction

  • The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Postconflict Reconstruction

    computer keyboard keysThe World Bank, June 2013. Accessible communications and information exchange are fundamental prerequisites of postconflict reconstruction. Whether it is expanding the reach of new government ministries, advancing reconciliation, restoring business activity, tracking violence, or heading off tensions fed by rumor, information and communication technologies provide numerous ways to scale up stabilization and reconstruction efforts. Postconflict interventions and policies need to prioritize the establishment of emergency, short-term ICT systems and develop medium- and longer-term ICT development plans.

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  • Private-Sector Development in Conflict-Affected Environments: Key Resources for Practitioners

    Private Sector DevelopmentBy International Alert, October 2010. During the early stages of post-conflict reconstruction, private sector development is rarely a priority. However, increasing private sector activity can have strong reinforcing effects on all aspects of peacebuilding, including political transition and governance, infrastructure development, social rehabilitation, and reconciliation. The success and viability of private sector promotion efforts, however, depend on an understanding of local conflict dynamics and fostering positive and transparent business competition. Download the article: [PDF]
  • Building a State that Works for Women: Integrating Gender into Post-Conflict State Building

    African Women Voting By Clare Castillejo. FRIDE, March 2011. While the relationship between state and citizens is weak in most post-conflict contexts, this is much more pronounced for women citizens. Even in contexts where women played important roles as peace activists, they are marginalized within the ultimate political settlement. Efforts to develop new political party systems in post-conflict contexts should emphasize the inclusion of female leaders and women’s’ policy priorities in order to eliminate institutional barriers to women’s participation in reconstruction and governance. Download the Paper: [PDF]
  • Youth, Armed Violence, and Job Creation Programmes

    Youth-ArmedViolence-Jobs By Oliver Walton. The Governance and Social Development Resource Centre and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre, September 2010.

    Africa’s large youth populations have been a frequently tapped recruitment pool by insurgent groups and state forces in many recent conflicts around the continent. Some post-conflict reconstruction initiatives have managed to successfully disarm and reintegrate armed youths, but most still need to broaden their focus beyond creating employment opportunities and simultaneously address other social and political grievances that motivate many youths to take up arms in the first place.

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  • Reconstructing Public Administration after Conflict: Challenges, Practices and Lessons Learned

    Peacekeeping - UNMISBy The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2011.

    Progress toward peace and development is unlikely and unsustainable in post-conflict areas unless basic governance and public administration institutions are established and functioning. In addition to a focus on  designing and managing  state institutions, equal attention should be paid to rebuilding public trust in the government and a shared vision of governance.

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  • Rebuilding War-Torn States: The Challenge of Post-Conflict Economic Reconstruction

    By Graciana del Castillo. Oxford University Press. 2008

    Achieving stabilization in a post-conflict context requires policymakers to manage a host of competing economic challenges. This review of the conceptual and practical issues faced in contemporary post-conflict economic reconstruction contexts provides valuable guidance for navigating this course. Among other priorities is recognizing that economic policies cannot pursue a “business-as-usual” development approach but must integrate considerations of social inclusion and political reconciliation that may be less economically efficient but more durable and stabilizing.

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

    FT_2009_12_22.Somalia_Peace.IRIN_photoBy Michael Walls. African Affairs, 2009.

    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.

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