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'State-building for peace': navigating an arena of contradictions

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Alina Rocha Menocal

This Briefing Paper argues that, while peace-building and state-building may share basic characteristics, there are important tensions between them. The concept of ‘state-building for peace’ is an arena full of contradictions, which need to be recognised by donors if their assistance is to have a genuine impact. The Briefing Paper concludes that effective donor engagement requires humility, better political understanding, greater sensitivity to context, and sustained, long-term commitment.

Alina Rocha Menocal