01.03.2013 Berlin – The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development today presented a new development strategy for fragile and conflict-ridden states.
The new strategy is entitled "Development for Peace and Security: Development Policy in the Context of Conflict, Fragility and Violence". It replaces the Cross-Sectoral Strategy on Crisis Prevention, Conflict Management and Peace-Building from 2005.
The new strategy addresses new developments in the field of peace and security, in particular the interactions between conflict, fragility and violence in different forms. The provisions of the strategy are binding on the German institutions responsible for official development cooperation. For Germany's civil society organisations it is intended as a guideline.
Commenting on the new strategy, German Development Minister Dirk Niebel said: "More than half of our partner countries are affected by conflict, fragility and violence. The situation facing the people living in these countries is even more dramatic than the situation in other developing countries: these people are more than twice as likely to be undernourished and more than three times as many children in such countries do not go to school. In these countries more than anywhere else it is extremely important that we not only ask ourselves what German development cooperation is doing but also how we are carrying out our projects. The strategy lists concrete principles for action: for example, formulating realistic goals in order to avoid too high expectations, taking better account of the risks entailed and concentrating on concrete needs in terms of peace and security in the partner country."
Taking as a starting point the Interministerial Guidelines published just a few months ago, which aim to ensure that all German ministries pursue a coherent policy towards fragile states, the new BMZ strategy describes how development policy can contribute as part of an overall approach within the framework of foreign and security policy towards promoting peaceful state and social structures in Germany's partner countries. There are already numerous good examples: among the activities being supported by the BMZ are the reconstruction of social and economic infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia in a way that boosts employment and thus makes a concrete contribution towards building peace.
It is also important in the context of conflict, fragility and violence to make use of a variety of different instruments that fit together well in order to enhance the effectiveness of our response. German development cooperation has a whole range of tried and tested instruments at its disposal in such situations.