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Can roads lead to peace?

News: Feb 02, 2017

Between 9-10 February, the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) will organize a joint workshop called Roads to Peace, to discuss the question: how can infrastructure projects affect conflicts in fragile states?

Key stakeholders from organizations such as the World Bank, the OECD, UNICEF, and the European Commission will participate at this event in Copenhagen. During these two days the participants will share their experiences and get a broader understanding of what works and what doesn’t work in their respective missions.

Report identifies key challenges

Jan Bachmann, Senior Lecturer in Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies, and Peer Schouten, Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, have written a report called Roads to Peace? The Role of Infrastructure in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States, which will be used to inform and structure the debates among participants at the workshop. The report explores the existing links between infrastructure interventions and conditions of fragility and identifies a number of key challenges to be addressed during the workshop.

The outcome of the workshop will be published as a report, with the intention to raise awareness and set the agenda on infrastructure spending in fragile and conflict-affected areas.


ROADS TO PEACE is part of a research project on the role of infrastructure projects in Western statebuilding missions in Africa, which is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. It is also part of a partnership agreement between UNOPS and DIIS, aimed at fostering exchange between policymakers and researchers. One ambition of the partnership is advance the debate around the potential and challenges of infrastructure missions in contexts of conflict and fragility.

BY: Amie Almström

Originally published on: globalstudies.gu.se

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