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Security, humanitarian action and development. Navigating a shared space for international engagement in fragile states

Published:
1 February 2011
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Security, humanitarian action and development. Navigating a shared space for international engagement in fragile states

This briefing paper outlines the key opportunities and challenges presented by a more integrated approach to international engagements to build stability in fragile states. In particular, it considers the risks and benefits of greater coordination between humanitarian, development and security agendas, suggesting that the potential tension between these objectives must be recognised and addressed in a pragmatic and principled manner. The keys points include the integrated approaches to building stability in fragile states need to balance the differing objectives of security, development and humanitarian action; the effective strategies to build stability require long-term engagement to strengthen state–society relations and security long after a conflict has ended; and a robust evidence and analysis must inform international engagement in fragile contexts, including sequencing
and prioritisation.

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