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30 Jun 2007 description
report Saferworld

Introduction

"Conflict has lasted 20 years. Our children have been killed and abducted, our houses burned, properties looted, children with diseases, and we are left there suffering in the camps ... if the peace talks come to success I think there will be business because we can be free to move without fear."Field Officer, Rwot Ber Women's Association

The relationship between conflict and development is a highly complex one.

31 Mar 2007 description
report Saferworld

Summary

There is a growing consensus amongst researchers and policy makers that development and security are closely linked. Poverty and underdevelopment increase the risk of violent conflict and contribute to other forms of armed violence. This is clear in Africa where factors linked with underdevelopment such as weak state capacity, horizontal inequalities, and livelihood and resource pressures, contribute to conflict and insecurity.