Supporting Capacity Development in Conflict and Fragile Contexts
The international development community is converging on a clear consensus that countries in persistently fragile contexts, particularly affected by conflict, present deeply complex challenges with capacity development efforts. These challenges warrant priority focus on the international development agenda and continued efforts to advance collaborative partnerships.
UNDP has worked extensively on capacity development in fragile contexts in all regions ranging from countries emerging from civil war and ethnic strife, such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo; newly emerging states, such as Timor Leste, South Sudan, and Kosovo; countries with protracted conflict and complex recovery, such as Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan; and countries grappling with rule of law in the context of narcotics trafficking, such as Colombia. All of these unique development contexts demand significant support to developing capacity as an inherent aspect of the overall recovery and development approach. Drawing from this extensive knowledge base, UNDP has started to examine more carefully what has been accomplished in these contexts.
Against this backdrop, UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery and Bureau for Development Policy hosted a workshop from April 28-29, 2011 to address the challenges of capacity development in conflict and fragile contexts. Key practitioners from UNDP Country Offices and HQ teams, as well as from partner entities, sought to strengthen UNDP’s approach in this arena based on case evidence, constructive review, and innovations tested in diverse country contexts.