About The New Deal

Building Peaceful States

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On the 30th of November 2011, at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States developed through the forum of the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding was presented and widely endorsed.

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Building Strong States, Strong Futures

It should come as no surprise that fragile countries are the furthest away from achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Transitioning out of fragility is a long political process that requires country leadership and ownership. A successful transition also requires support to harmonise to national contexts. Without this local understanding, fragile states will only see short-term results, rather than medium- to long-term sustainable results brought by building capacity and viable systems. With these elements currently lacking, it is abundantly clear that the New Deal is necessary and long overdue.

From Agreement to Action

Going forward, the International Dialogue will support members in implementing the New Deal and will promote effective ways to support countries transitioning out of fragility and building peaceful states.

The g7+ group will continue as the country-owned and country-led global mechanism to monitor, report and draw attention to the unique challenges faced by fragile states. International partners will continue to support this mechanism.

The International Dialogue will continue to provide a platform for its members and reach out to interested partners, discuss overall progress in reforming efforts to support peace and statebuilding and agree additional joint action that may be required at annual meetings.

Our Challenge

  • 1.5 billion people live in conflict-affected and fragile states
  • About 70% of fragile states have seen conflict since 1989
  • The most basic governance transformations can take 20-40 years
  • 37% of Official Development Assistance (ODA) is spent in fragile and conflict-affected states

So What’s Next?

Our main challenges are to now implement the New Deal, maintain an open conversation, and increase co-operation in the future.

Act Local, Think Global

Concrete results require focus at country level, while some policy and political changes will require focus at the global level. It will also be vital to monitor what is working and to adjust quickly what is not working. By doing this, trust can be built between people and partners.

Dialogue

Change processes are complex and political, and re­quire inclusive leadership and ongoing dialogue. We will work hard to maintain and expand this dialogue so that we can get increasingly better results.

Learning

We can share and learn much in our commitment to change and so we will be constantly listening to the country experience, look for new ways to facilitate change and encourage new partners to join the New Deal.

Piloting

We will support the piloting of the New Deal in self-nominated countries including Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Timor-Leste and self-nominating donor partners in these countries.

Reporting

We will report on the delivery of the New Deal commitments focused at the country level and at the global level.