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Essentials

  • 26th IPRA General Conference on Agenda for Peace and Development:
    Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate
  • 27th November – 1st December 2016 – Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Submit proposals online
  • Submissions due 15 April 2016
  • Conference website

Summary

Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate

27th November – 1st December 2016

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Hosted by the University of Sierra Leone

In Collaboration with the 10th Dealing with Disasters Conference Series, Northumbria University, UK and Sakarya University, Turkey

Most wars fought in the world are now civil conflicts although they attract less global attention compared to international conflicts. Because civil wars are increasingly common in developing countries and go on for years, a report by the World Bank in 2003 argued that civil war is now an important issue for development. War represents an obstacle to development, and conversely, development can prevent war. ‘This double causation gives rise to virtuous and vicious circles. Where development succeeds, countries become progressively safer from violent conflict, making subsequent development easier. Where development fails or is inappropriate, countries are at high risk of becoming caught in a conflict trap in which war wrecks the economy and increases the risk of further war’ (Collier et al, 2003). A parallel rationale has accompanied the world of disaster prevention in general, whereby for the case of poorer countries effective disaster risk reduction has often become synonymous with sustainable development actions, though little cross application has been made to conflict risk reduction.  Read-More