Conflict and security

Intrinsic links between poverty and crisis: What the data tells us


There has been increased recognition in recent years on the need to build collective humanitarian, development and peacebuilding outcomes to effectively tackle poverty, vulnerability and crisis. The Grand Bargain, which emerged out of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, includes a commitment to enhance engagement between humanitarian and development actors, and the Addis Ababa Action […]

Aid spending on conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security


Key facts Funding to conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security (CPS) remains a small proportion of overall official development assistance (ODA). ODA CPS has increased by 67% since 2005, reaching a peak of US$3.9 billion in 2009. The largest CPS ODA donor in 2014 was European Union (EU) institutions. Afghanistan received the most CPS […]

Where did peacekeeping money go in 2014?


Countries in sub-Saharan Africa received the largest volumes of funding for peacekeeping operations in 2014, reflecting the high levels of conflict and instability experienced in the region. The most went to Sudan (US$1.6 billion), followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (US$1.4 billion), Mali and South Sudan (both US$1.1 billion). Source: Development Initiatives’ calculations […]

New report shows some of the world’s most fragile countries are missing out on aid designed to help conflict-affected states


A new report by the international development organisation Development Initiatives has found there are several fragile states that are not being prioritised for vital funds to help with conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security. The report, Investments in peace and security, found that Chad and the Central African Republic receive particularly low funds given […]

Investments in peace and security


Promoting peace and security is an essential foundation for sustainable development in fragile and conflict-affected countries. The imperative to address fragility, conflict and insecurity has become a central focus of global development processes. This has culminated in the inclusion of Global Goal 16 on ‘inclusive and peaceful societies’ in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development […]

New aid rules allow for the inclusion of a wider set of peace and security activities


Last week, at the High-Level Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), governments agreed to new rules that allow for a wider set of peace and security activities to be counted as official development assistance (ODA). The communiqué from the meeting maintains that all ODA must continue to […]

Humanitarian assistance to education for the Syrian emergency


This paper, Humanitarian assistance to education for the Syria emergency, presents an analysis of humanitarian funding to the Syria emergency, with a focus on the education sector. The Syrian crisis has dominated recent humanitarian financing debates, with record levels of funding requested and received since the conflict began in March 2011. In 2015, donors responded to […]

Burundi at a crossroads


Protestors see the President’s decision as unconstitutional because the presidential office is limited to two terms. The protests and ensuing violence is threatening to regress this tiny landlocked country to the civil war that was witnessed in the 1990s. What has been achieved since 2000? Over the past 15 years, the Republic of Burundi has […]