The security peril of Guinea’s transition: from military rule to weak policing

Today’s post is by Erwin van Veen (Twitter @ErwinVeen) a senior research fellow with the Clingendael Conflict Research Unit of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, based on interviews conducted by the author during a recent visit to Guinea. Over the last two-and-a-half years, a UN-supported stabilization package has helped put the ongoing transition from […]

Innovative responses to fragility: The promise of modern technology

Today’s post is from Erwin van Veen of the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) By some estimates, poverty has been reduced in recent years from 1.3 billion people in 2005 to fewer than 900 million in 2010. That’s about half a billion people in just five years – a truly impressive achievement. The talk […]

War or Peace in Heglig, South-Sudan?

Today’s post is from Erwin van Veen of the International Network on Conflict and Fragility, established in 2009 as a subsidiary body of the OECD Development Assistance Committee and Ann Fitz-Gerald, a senior academic with Cranfield University’s Department of Management and Security. The excitement in Juba when South-Sudan declared its independence in 2011 has given […]

Against the Odds : Talking Your Way Out of Conflict and Fragility?

Today’s post from Erwin van Veen of the OECD-DAC International Network on Conflict and Fragility is the first of several we’ll publishing in connection with the Fourth High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan on 29 November- 1 December Violent conflict wastes lives and sets development into reverse. Past investment is reduced to rubble and institutions are […]

Working Your Way Out of Fragility and Violence: How Jobs Matter

Our next post from the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) is from Erwin van Veen of the OECD International Network on Conflict and Fragility Spain’s youth is protesting in the plazas. They want jobs. Youth unemployment stands at 40% and general unemployment around 20%. It looks like a gloomy future. Now cross the […]

Is happiness a woman ?

Today’s post is by Gaël Brulé, PhD student at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Scientific Director of Spinoza Factory Is happiness a woman ? That is at least what Nietzsche wrote in Thus spoke Zarathustra, a philosophical poem in which Zarathustra (the Persian name of Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism, an old Iranian religious philosophy) ironically says “Happiness […]