The New Deal and the Role of Civil Society

TitelThe New Deal and the Role of Civil Society
Typ der PublikationReport
InstitutionKompetenzzentrum Friedensförderung (KOFF) - swisspeace

Since its adoption at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011, the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States has become a new paradigm guiding the engagement of both local and international actors in so called ‘fragile and conflict affected states’. Many of these states will fail to achieve substantial results towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while transitions out of conflict and fragility require long term political processes. The New Deal essentially endorses a set of principles proposing key peacebuilding and statebuilding goals, coherent and coordinated engagement to support country-owned and country-led transitions out of fragility and commitments for mutual trust and results orientation. At the core of the New Deal are the five Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals (PSGs) and the principles of FOCUS and TRUST. To explore further the opportunities and challenges of Civil Society in the New Deal implementation, the Center for Peacebuilding (KOFF) of swisspeace organized a roundtable discussion. Based on the roundtable discussion this critical reflections paper aims to further explore the mutual accountability element with respect to the role of Civil Society actors. In particular, this raises questions related to legitimacy, participation and inclusion and asks whether the intended impact, namely to increase space for political dialogue, actually becomes reality on the ground. With a view to the Swiss commitments this paper also asks about the (complementary) role and responsibilities of the different actors, governmental and Civil Society, local and international, in the implementation of the New Deal. Download

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