Conflict and Development: Development Matters

Authored by: Eleanor O'Gorman

Categories: Statebuilding, The Field of Women, Peace and Security
Sub-Categories: Economic Recovery, Human Development, International Agreements, Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2011
Citation: O'Gorman, Eleanor. Conflict and Development: Development Matters. London: Zed Books, 2011.

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Executive Summary

During the 1900s the drive of liberal peace efforts in the form of humanitarian intervention transformed the ways in which traditional development assistance operated in war and post-war situations. From Somalia and Rwanda to Bosnia and Sri Lanka, conflict, security and development became more intertwined as more integrated programs and interventions were advocated by the international community. Conflict and Development, while serving as an in-depth introduction to key themes and context, questions the extent to which international aid has over-reached in seeking to engage more centrally in addressing the causes and consequences of violent conflict. Using this framework, the author traces the evolution of the conflict and development agenda and explores the politics of aid and policymaking in relation to international conflict. By taking a combined approach of theory, policy and practice this vital new book explores and comprehensively explains the impact of conflict on development and vice-versa through the series of concise thematic chapters.