From Words to Action: Why Inclusivity Matters for SDG Implementation in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries
Tension arises when country-owned and country-led process used to identify and decide on peacebuilding strategies is not inclusive nor transparent – leaving certain communities or segments of the population to feel that their interests are not being taken into consideration. There is strong evidence that locally owned peacebuilding processes in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS) have the best chance to succeed. Where state-society relations are weak and where state institutions lack capacity, the meaningful involvement of civil society holds a pivotal key to ensuring whole-of-society ownership and implementation of the transformative SDGs. Yet while a consensus around the need for greater inclusivity in the design and implementation of policy has emerged in recent years, unique challenges remain in contexts affected by conflict and fragility.
On 21 March 2018 CSPPS and its member organization FriEnt will organize a session during the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany to reflect on why inclusivity matters for SDGs implementation in conflict and fragile affected states. Session panelists will share lessons learned from the New Deal implementation in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (FCAS). The session will also review new evidence why decisive action is needed for anchoring inclusive processes as part of the localization of the 2030 Agenda in FCAS.
The discussion will bring together representatives from government, civil society and international partners to analyze the challenges and opportunities encountered by civil society in SDG related policy-making and implementation in conflict-affected countries. Panelist will further provide recommendations on how international peacebuilding actors can improve the chances of supporting inclusive processes in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals using experience of the New Deal implementation.
More information on this event is available via this link.
The Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) is the South-North non-governmental coalition of peacebuilding organizations that coordinates and supports civil society participation in the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS).
The Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt) is an association of nine governmental organizations, church development agencies, civil society networks, and political foundations. FriEnt aims to pool capacities, facilitate networking and collaboration, and contribute to conflict-sensitive development cooperation. FriEnt's members are committed to working together to promote a range of approaches and highlight the importance of peacebuilding to policy-makers and the public at large. FriEnt's members are united by their great commitment to peace and development.