Development Assistance for Peacebuilding
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Foreign aid and peacebuilding
Foreign aid is a core component of peacebuilding and among the largest external financial flows to fragile states and conflict-affected areas. Nevertheless, troubling critiques have been raised about its overall impact and effectiveness. Some of the...
Working together on the puzzle of peace: The role of partnerships
When the theme for the first WIDER Development Conference of 2022—peace, security, and conflict—was chosen some years ago, no one could have predicted...
Trust the hand that protects you—Does UN peacekeeping harm post-conflict governments’ legitimacy?
Rebuilding state legitimacy is a thorny challenge in the aftermath of civil wars. The international community has stepped in to support post-conflict states in rebuilding state capacity, sometimes replacing governments in providing public goods. Most...
States of disorder
Why is the recent track record of state-building so poor? Over the past decade, international interventions in Afghanistan, Somalia, Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have not resulted in...
International development assistance and the inclusivity paradox in fragile and conflict-affected states
The principle of inclusive development lies at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular Goal 16, with its focus on inclusive societies backed by inclusive institutions. Yet despite its ubiquity across the SDGs...
Forced migration, aid effectiveness, and the humanitarian–development nexus
Bridging the gap between humanitarian assistance and development cooperation has been a contentious issue in academia and development practice for decades. Drawing on an evaluation of Germany’s ‘Partnership for Prospects’ initiative, this paper...
The paths and legacies of civil war
Civil wars leave enduring legacies for social networks, political identities, preferences, and attitudes. Their impacts on public perceptions of peace...
Legal empowerment and horizontal inequalities after conflict
This article explores whether legal empowerment can address horizontal inequalities in post-conflict settings, and if so, how. It argues that legal empowerment has modest potential to reduce these inequalities but that there are risks of...
Conference programme: The puzzle of peace – towards inclusive development in fragile contexts
Programme for The puzzle of peace – towards inclusive development in fragile contexts Note: The times in the programme are Helsinki local time, UCT+3 Programme opens 8:30 Helsinki 6:30 London 11:00 Delhi 1:30 New York *Speakers with an asterisk will...
The puzzle of peace – towards inclusive development in fragile contexts
16 May 2022
17 May 2022
Scandic Marina Congress Center,
Contributors - AL17
Short biographies of those who contributed to the event.
WIDER Annual Lecture by President Martti Ahtisaari
View the WIDER Annual Lecture on Egalitarian Principles.
UNU-WIDER releases major report on peace, decent work, and greater equality
UNU-WIDER’s 2019–2023 work programme has built a strong evidence base to support actions that contribute to more peaceful and effective states and more fair and sustainable societies. A synthesis report on the key findings of our work programme on...
UNU-WIDER at UN Youth of Finland's Youth Peace Week: Young voices in peace research
UNU-WIDER takes part in UN Youth of Finland's Youth Peace Week 21 September 2023. In partnership with UN Youth of Finland and Saferglobe, UNU-WIDER organizes Young voices in peace research.
21 September 2023
Pasilankatu 2, 00101,
Policy panel on war and reconstruction in Ukraine
9 May 2023
The crypt of Helsinki Cathedral,
Research workshop on war and reconstruction in Ukraine
From 8–9 May 2023, UNU-WIDER holds a research workshop bringing together an international group of researchers with expertise in conflict and peacebuilding to discuss new research that can support policymakers’ discussions on the stabilization...
8 May 2023
9 May 2023
Katajanokanlaituri 6 B,
Towards peace and decent work in Africa: Accelerating progress on the SDGs
26 October 2023
United Nations Conference Center,
WIDER Annual Lecture 17 - Egalitarian Principles
19 September 2013
Europaea Hall, Marina Congress Centre,
Katajanokanlaituri 6 A,
Photos - AL17
Selection of images from the WIDER Annual Lecture 17.
Development aid cuts will hit fragile countries hard, could fuel violent conflict
Fragile and least developed countries have had their development assistance cut drastically, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation...
Rule of Law Day
On 26 October the Rule of Law center hosts Rule of Law Day at the University of Helsinki's City Centre Campus and online. This event is an integral part of the Rule of Law Centre's commitment to fostering dialogue on international development...
26 October 2023
University of Helsinki's City Centre Campus,