Acting on Commitments: How EU Strategies and Programming Can Better Prevent Violent Conflict
|Title||Acting on Commitments: How EU Strategies and Programming Can Better Prevent Violent Conflict|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Briefing Paper Published by International Alert, Saferworld and the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Number of Pages||16 pp.|
|Publisher||International Alert, Saferworld and the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)|
New strategy papers for the EU's engagement with developing countries will soon be agreed. The activities under them will have fundamental impacts on the contexts in which they will be applied, and many of these are prone to, or affected by, violent conflict, or experience some kind of societal or state fragility.Recognising the importance of the strategy papers, and the programming which will flow from them, International Alert, Saferworld and the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, have come together to produce the attached briefing paper: Acting on Commitments: How EU Strategies and programming can better prevent violent conflict. The paper provides analysis and advice on:- how incoherent approaches by different EU departments could undermine the EU's own development objectives and even risks fuelling violent conflict. Achieving coherence among the different aspects of EU action involves aligning political dialogue, economic incentives and external assistance so as to make them mutually reinforcing.- why ensuring the conflict sensitivity of Country and Regional Strategy Papers (CSPs/RSPs), National Indicative Programming plans and Economic Partnership Agreements is vital to the interests of poor people as well as to EU Member States.- how the EU could make further progress in the field of security by following through on policy commitments already made. Implementation of policies would make a real difference for those who suffer from violence and human rights abuses. International Alert, Saferworld and EPLO hope that it will provide a useful input to decision-making in Brussels and in the field.