Additional Reading on Security and Development

From Urban Fragility to Urban Stability

By Stephen Commins, June 12, 2018

The growing share of Africa’s urban residents living in slums is creating a further source of fragility. In response, some cities are implementing integrated urban development strategies that link local government, police, the private sector, and youth to strengthen social cohesion and enhance stability.

Building Resilience in Cities under Stress

By Institute for Economics and Peace, 2015

Cities will host more than 60% of the world’s population by 2030, with much of this growth occurring in Africa. Such rapid urbanization and the ensuing socioeconomic division already challenge governments, and continued unplanned growth may leave cities more impoverished, dangerous, and at risk to political and economic shocks. States should build urban resilience to these forces by decentralizing municipal governance; empowering local communities; developing inclusive public services (such as public transit or sanitation); and instituting long-term urban plans that prioritize public goods and infrastructure.

Peace and Corruption 2015: Lowering Corruption—A Transformative Factor for Peace

By Institute for Economics and Peace, 2015

There is a tipping point at which once the perceived level of institutional corruption is reached, the peace experienced in a country plummets—for every slight rise in perceived corruption, a large decrease in peace follows. Most vulnerable are the institutions of security (the police and judiciary). Once a citizen believes they can no longer rely on the police or legal system to protect them, a country becomes extremely vulnerable to insecurity. Eradicating the corruption within security institutions, therefore, must be the first step in assistance designed to reduce violence and improve peace.

Effective Governance in Challenging Environments

By By Mireille Affa’a Mindzie, George Mukundi Wachira, and Lucy Dunderdale, International Peace Institute, December 11, 2014

Insecurity related to socioeconomic marginalization remains a persistent challenge facing African countries as they attempt to bridge the gap between democratic aspirations and consolidation. One of the primary root causes of continued insecurity is poor governance. The AU has created numerous instruments and normative frameworks to help African countries achieve their goals—from the African Peer Review Mechanism to the African Governance Architecture. Political will and stronger partnerships between citizens, their governments, regional and international participants must be formed to promote effective governance from the ground up.

Supporting Peaceful Social, Political, Cultural and Economic Change in Mali

By Laura Davis, International Alert, 2014

A broad swath of Malians were surveyed to help uncover the source of the country’s governance and security crisis experienced in 2012. A key takeaway was that the current system of political interaction is dysfunctional. To promote an integrated peace and development agenda, institutional reform must involve more diverse local actors, particularly women and young people. It should not rely on traditional religious or cultural leaders and established civil society organizations lest it risk sustaining politics of exclusion.

Conflict, Security, and Development: World Development Report – 2011

By World Bank, December 2011

One and a half billion people live in areas affected by fragility, conflict, or large-scale, organized criminal violence, and no low-income fragile or conflict-affected country has yet to achieve a single United Nations Millennium Development Goal. Strengthening legitimate institutions with an aim to provide citizen security, justice, and jobs is crucial to break such cycles of violence, fragility, and weak development.
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Addressing the Problem of Failed States: A New Instrument

By Chronic Poverty Relief Centre, December 2010

Governance failures and shortcomings are a prime source of instability and violence as they contribute to state failure. Many international partners working with the UN, African Union, and non-governmental organizations are scaling up their capacity to deploy teams of wide-ranging civilian experts to assist states during such governance shortfalls in order to prevent crises and restore security and stability.

Security and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa—Looking to the Future

By Moeletsi Mbeki, January 21, 201

Africa’s intrastate conflicts and their cross-border consequences continue to hobble development of social anchors that are critical to state stability. These social and development hurdles are hindering Africa’s ability to establish secure, democratic, and economically prosperous states. At bottom, “the challenge facing sub-Saharan Africa is not state building as many analysts believe. The immediate challenge most of Africa faces is society building.”

Integrating 21st Century Development Assistance

By Kathleen Hicks and J. Stephen Morrison, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2008

U.S. interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have laid bare deficiencies in U.S. policies and capacities for fostering development and stabilization in conflict-affected contexts. This has led to greater integration of U.S. military and civilian efforts to overcome these challenges. While progress has been made, significant imbalances between development and security assistance remain.

Democracy and Development: Overcoming Autocratic Legacies

By Joseph Siegle, November 2007

Poor countries are more vulnerable to crisis, be it economic, humanitarian, or open conflict. Cross-national analysis, however, shows that the development performance of low-income democracies significantly outpaces that of autocracies – and do so with less volatility. Sustaining democratization, therefore, is a priority for attaining both development and security objectives.

Investing in Peace: How Development Aid Can Prevent or Promote Conflict

By Robert J. Muscat, M.E. Sharpe, 2002

The author examines nine cases in which the work of development agencies exacerbated or ameliorated the root causes of conflict. This permits some generalizations about the efficacy or deleterious effects of development programs on conflict — and of their futility when the conflict-prevention dimension of international assistance efforts is ignored.

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