In April 2022, international partners will meet in New York for a High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, on ensuring adequate financing for peacebuilding. In advance of the meeting, over the past year, the Swedish government has funded NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC) to convene a group of advisory and research partners to stimulate new thinking and policy recommendations.
Donors face increasing pressure to do more with less, even in the most fragile contexts. This policy brief analyzes how organizational factors within governments create obstacles for good peacebuilding financing—and proposes options for overcoming them.
Whether peace is threatened by a rogue neighbor, grievances between groups, or gangs in the streets terrorizing communities, sustaining peace and preventing conflict and violence will always be a better strategy than correcting after the fact.
Yet the commitment to peacebuilding—and the predictable, long-term financing it requires—remains dismal.
This new poll report published by the Bureau d’études, de recherche et de consulting international (BERCI), with the Congo Research Group (CRG) and Ebuteli, its research partner in the DRC reveals a growing popular mistrust of elected representatives, including the government and the opposition. The decline in President Félix Tshisekedi’s popularity has not benefited his potential competitors in the next presidential election, expected in late 2023.
What can we do to truly tackle group-based inequalities in society, and what can we do about this divisive narrative that is beating back progressives in large parts of the world? We asked three thinkers and activists in different parts of the world—South Africa, Colombia, and Europe—to draw on their local experiences to tell us how we can see progress on this issue. Despite geographic location, there was significant overlap in conclusions about the need for both policies to redistribute resources as well as recognize historic injustices.