Picciotto, Aid and Conflict: The Policy Coherence Challenge (June 2004)

Futures of Development

Picciotto, Robert. "Aid and Conflict: The Policy Coherence Challenge." WIDER Conference on Making Peace Work (4-5 June 2004). http://www.wider.unu.edu/conference/conference-2004-1/conference2004-1.htm>. Also see http://www.globalpolicyproject.org/>

"9/11 marks a watershed because it signals the globalization of security threats and the end of the "benign neglect" policy that rich countries had adopted in response to violent conflict in far away lands. Failed and frail states are now perceived as potential platforms for international terrorism. Consequently, security policies will have to complement their traditional concern with state security with new priorities that address the security of individuals and groups at the periphery. In parallel, the development community will reconsider its poverty reduction strategies to give more emphasis to human security. The convergence between security and development policies will be promoted by adjustments in the targeting, instruments, methods and skills of aid along with new operational emphases that will mainstream conflict prevention, reconstruction of governance and security sector reform within regular country assistance programs. New arrangements for delivery of global public goods and for integrating the development and security operations of the United Nations will also be required to achieve policy coherence for security and development."