Fragility and aid - What works?
The UNU and UNU-WIDER event on ‘Fragility and Aid - What Works?’ on 25 October 2013, at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, draws on research from UNU-WIDER’s diverse global network with the aim of providing an opportunity for discussion of the issue of fragility and how the core challenges it poses can be addressed by the international development community in the post-2015 world. The discussions will be framed by presentations by leading experts, including Professors Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock, Fotini Christia, and Ken Menkhaus, among others. The meeting is intended to create an occasion for frank reflection and exchange on the topic of the day. Sessions will be moderated by development specialists, including UNU Rector David Malone and ASG at the UN Sarah Cliffe.
Discussions of fragility often focus on the lessons from failed interventions, but much can also be learned from more successful efforts, along with careful attention to contextual factors that may affect their scalability and transferability. Better understanding of what works – and does not – in fragile contexts is central to the success of international development efforts. As the Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda highlights, core challenges include both how to build peace and how to build effective, open, and accountable institutions for all. Fragility also exacerbates the challenges of addressing other core goals, including sustainable development, gender equality, and inclusive growth.