Dear Fragile States Working Group members and friends,
We are pleased to announce a special opportunity for the next Fragile States Working Group meeting on April 17th. Representatives of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), which is the global Southern-Northern civil society coalition engaging donor and host-nation governments in the processes of implementing the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States endorsed in Busan in 2011, will join the Working Group to discuss progress in the New Deal over the past year, and the challenges and successes that civil society has faced in engaging in the New Deal process in challenging political environments.
We also have the opportunity to hold the next Working Group meeting in conjunction with the Annual Members Conference of the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), the umbrella network of NGOs, universities, and practitioners working in conflict resolution and peacebuilding around the world. It will offer a chance for Working Group members to meet other peacebuilding experts within AfP’s membership and discuss the unique challenges facing fragile societies and the efforts underway to reform international aid and development strategies in fragile contexts.
The next meeting will take place on April 17th from 11:00am – 12:30pm at NAFSA: Association of International Educators; 1307 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20005. The agenda is below.
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- Introduction of representatives of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS). Brief remarks by representatives of the CSPPS, including New Deal implementation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the development of country-specific and global shared indicators to measure progress, and the scope and objectives of the CSPPS.
- Georges TSHIONZA MATA, Coordonnateur Régional, PREGESCO, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Erin McCandless, Senior Advisor, Interpeace; Chief Editor, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development; Part-time faculty, Graduate Program in International Affairs, the New School. United States
- Peter van Sluijs, IDPS Coordinator, Cordaid, The Netherlands
- Nicolas Bouchet, IDPS Consultant to Cordaid, France
- Update on two side events being organized by the CSPPS around the April 19th Global Meeting of the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in Washington.
- Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding, United States
- Discussion: How can international civil society help ensure peacebuilding and statebuilding strategies in fragile societies are appropriate and successful? What are specific ways outside non-governmental actors can support local civil society’s engagement with and ownership of such strategies?
If you would like more information about the Fragile States Working Group or about the upcoming meeting, please contact Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding and Co-Chair of the working group: email@example.com