A review of the evidence informing DFID’s "Building Peaceful States and Societies" practice paper. Paper 2: Responding to public expectations.

Abstract

This paper is one of four exploring and analysing the evidence that underpins DFID’s 2010 \"Building Peaceful States & Societies\" Practice Paper, referred to hereafter as the '‘PB/SB (Peace‐Building/State‐Building) framework'. Taking each of the PB/SB framework's four guiding objectives, it appraises and synthesises the research evidence cited in that framework to offer an assessment on the degree to which the core concepts and propositions are 'evidence based'. In some cases, it introduces additional evidence to place core concepts in their wider context. The paper was commissioned by DFID's Fragile States & Conflict Group, and is intended to contribute to ongoing efforts to refine DFID policy on fragile and conflict‐affected states and ensure that it is evidence based.

Although the four key objectives of the PB/SB framework are interdependent, for practical purposes, this series of papers addresses each separately. The current paper considers PB/SB framework Objective 4, \"Respond to public expectations\". Other papers will consider the evidence supporting Objective 2, \"Support inclusive political settlements\", Objective 3, \"Develop core state functions\", and the over-arching Objective 1, \"Address the causes and effects of conflict and fragility, and build conflict resolution mechanisms.\"

Citation

Evans, W. A review of the evidence informing DFID’s "Building Peaceful States and Societies" practice paper. Paper 2: Responding to public expectations. DFID, London, UK (2012) 30 pp.

A review of the evidence informing DFID’s “Building Peaceful States and Societies” practice paper. Paper 2: Responding to public expectations.

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