Restoring human security to conflict affected and fragile states: Rethinking what works

Thursday 24 January 2013 09:30 to 12:30
Residence Palace, Brussels

As debates around what replaces the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) intensify, attention is increasingly being focused on how best to help those fragile states that are furthest away from meeting any of the current targets by 2015. Good governance has long been seen as key to restoring stability and prosperity to conflict affected states and current international efforts and donor interventions have placed significant emphasis on reinstating formal governance structures at the national level.

However, new research from the Institute of Development Studies undertaken in Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire and Somalia questions whether this is the right approach in countries where power and authority are often located at the local level or outside of formal institutions.

This high level panel discussion convened by IDS will provide a timely opportunity to bring together policy makers, practitioners and academics to examine how findings from this research can help inform local, national, regional and international efforts to restore human security to conflict affected states and improve the wellbeing of their citizens.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Niagalé Bagayoko, recent fellow at the Institute of Development Studies and editor of the IDS Bulletin Hybrid Security Orders in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Comfort Ero, Africa Program Director, International Crisis Group
  • Denisa-Elena Ionete, Head of Fragility and Crisis Management Unit within EuropeAid at European Commission
  • Professor David Leonard, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies and editor of the IDS Bulletin Piecing it Together: Post-conflict Security in an Africa of Networked, Multilevel Governance
  • Jeremy Lester, Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Adviser, External Action Service of the European Union
  • Howard Mollett, Senior Conflict Policy Advisor, Care International UK 
  • Professor Ferdinand Mugumo Mushi, Catholic University of Kinshasa

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Hannah Corbett at or on +44(0)1273 915640.

Please note that presentations at this event will be given in both French and English, with simultaneous translation available.

Résidence Palace – International Press Center 155, rue de la Loi – Blok C 1040 Brussels
T:+44 (0)1273 915640