Programme theme: Conflict prevention, resolution and state building

Our work continues to cover a range of conflict prevention, resolution and state building issues related to global security threats, which were predominantly supported using our Official Development Assistance funding. Rethinking statebuilding, fragility and conflict examined the sharp spike in the number and intensity of armed conflicts around the world since 2010. Participants debated whether international efforts responded appropriately to changes in conflict dynamics, and identified trends as well as lessons to inform future policy. The discussions directly contributed to the United Nations-World Bank Flagship Study on the Role of Development in the Prevention of Violent Conflict, which will be released in 2017.

In December 2016, we convened The search for common values and a code of conduct for citizenship: what role for education in building resilience to violent extremism. We brought together Whitehall policy makers with key Middle Eastern players, facilitating an exchange of case studies and approaches. The goal was to build resilience to radicalisation and extremism through educational systems and curricula with a particular focus on Europe and the Middle East. The success of t he event laid the foundation for a new series of Wilton Park Youth Dialogues in 2017-18. These will focus on how to help new generations thrive despite economic and political instability, and rapid social and technological change. The Dialogues will be honest, inclusive conversations about and between young people, on their role in addressing local, regional and global challenges, exploring the new approaches needed to co-create a more peaceful and prosperous world.

We held the third event in our Peacebuilding in Africa series: Sustaining inclusive civil society engagement. This addressed civil society practice, finding sustainable ways and measures of peacebuilding, and financing. The event raised awareness of the obstacles, and evaluated advances for inclusive peacebuilding by focusing on the role of civil society organisations in mediating state and society relations.

Turbulence in peace processes: what next for Colombia? gave participants the opportunity to learn from the process which led to the Colombian peace agreement with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). They debated the challenges and priorities of peace implementation, and assessed the role of international actors in supporting Colombia’s post-accord scenario. Participants included key actors in the peace implementation process who are factoring the analyses and proposals from the conference into their forward planning.


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