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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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Peacebuilding and Development

Peacebuilding and Development

(p.362) Chapter 21 Peacebuilding and Development
International Development

Mats Berdal

Oxford University Press

The attempt to explore, through philosophical reflection or academic inquiry, the relationship between war and development has a long history. It is only with the end of the Cold War, however, that “peacebuilding” came to be identified as a distinctive concept referring to activities by external actors aimed at establishing foundations for lasting peace and development. The chapter examines the post-Cold War rise of peacebuilding as an activity that has come to involve a major role for development and development actors. It considers the geopolitical and normative background to the rise, and traces the initial efforts to operationalize the concept of “post-conflict peacebuilding”. It is specifically concerned with the challenges that war-torn societies have posed for development actors wedded to “traditional,” often technocratic and self-consciously apolitical modes of engagement. It also considers the growing importance attached to local context and local realities in discussions of peacebuilding and development.

Keywords:   “post-conflict peacebuilding,” civil war, post-war reconstruction, political economy of peacebuilding, state failure, United Nations

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