Development Policy Forum (DPF) roundtable on the development-security nexus on the 1st of December 2009

The Development Policy Forum roundtable will take place on the 1st of December 2009 in Brussels and will primarily focus on the development-security nexus and whether international actors can agree on a framework to address the complex structural causes of insecurity.

The debate will also explore how effective civilian-military cooperation can be achieved and whether security and crisis management questions can be combined with the establishment of new inter-institutional partnerships and longer-term development tasks.

Time and venue: Tuesday, 1 December 2009 from 11.00 to 16.00 at the Bibliothèque Solvay, Parc Léopold, Brussels

Contact person: Ringailė Trakymaitė; email ; direct phone: +32 (0)2 738 7595

Website: click here

The discussion will be divided into two sessions:

Session I – Without security, development is fruitless; without development, security is pointless
Europe’s policymakers are increasingly aware that the greatest development assistance challenges they face are in unstable or failed states. And although Afghanistan is at present the prime example of EU countries’ inability to achieve effective civilian-military cooperation, the problem is just as daunting in some African states, notably in the Horn of Africa. How do civilian development experts – not least the NGOs with “frontline” responsibilities – see the difficulties of combining security and crisis management questions with longer-term development tasks? With climate change likely to exacerbate the twin problems of under-development and breakdown of law and order, what policy framework should the EU be fashioning to go beyond “civilian-military” cooperation? What lessons have been learned that could help the EU to improve its conflict prevention policies?

Session II – Prevention is better than cure, so security and development actors need a common approach
Improved interaction between development and security actors has great potential for crisis prevention as well as for post-conflict work.  But to achieve that both sides have to agree on a coordinated long-term approach and on structures for tackling the root causes of insecurity. Is a new framework needed that could better concert sustainable economic development, good governance, effective policing and the primacy of the rule of law?

The working languages of the DPF roundtable will be English and French with simultaneous translation provided.

Introductory discussants, amongst others, include Lt. Gen. David Leakey, Director General of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS), James Putzel, Director of the Crisis States Research Centre at the Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom, Cornelia Richter, Director General for the Planning and Development Department of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Fred Tanner, Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Switzerland, and Paul van Tongeren, Honorary Chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (CPPAC).

The roundtable is moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe

Programme: please click here for the programme of the DPF roundtable.

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The DPF is a partnership between Friends of Europe, the United Nations, the World Bank, the French AFD, the UK’s DFID and the German GTZ, and with the support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the IMF, and in association with the European Commission Directorate General for Development and Relations with ACP States. Security and Defence Agenda (SDA) will also partner us for this roundtable. The goal of the partnership is to systematically address forthcoming challenges in the area of development policy through lively debates and sharply written analyses.

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