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IDS Bulletin 50.3

Accountability Amidst Fragility, Conflict, and Violence: Learning from Recent Cases

Published on 30 September 2019

Estimates suggest that by 2030, about half of the world’s poor will live in contexts of fragility, conflict and violence, all of which exacerbate the difficulties faced by poor and marginalised people, particularly in influencing the policy decisions that affect their lives.

This issue of the IDS Bulletin was prepared as part of Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA), an international research programme exploring social and political action in fragile, conflict, and violent settings. It identifies insights from relatively recent experiences of grass-roots struggles and related social and political change. The articles highlight key issues that are central in understanding how accountability pathways unfold in contexts of fragility, violence, and conflict. Such contexts are often ones where state institutions are weak, fragmented, and lack legitimacy; where non-state actors control territory and often provide services, and where civic space is limited and uneven.

The issue emphasises the importance of distinguishing processes of accountability from those of empowerment, and recognising the complexities of the relationships between them. As pockets of fragility, conflict, and violence emerge in what have so far been relatively stable places, the initial insights discussed here will be increasingly relevant for tackling these issues globally.

Table of contents

Introduction: Accountability Amidst Fragility, Conflict, and Violence: Learning from Recent Cases
Anuradha Joshi

Myanmar’s Top-Down Transition: Challenges for Civil Society
David Brenner, Sarah Schulman

Youth-Led Anti-Corruption Movement in Post-Conflict Guatemala: ‘Weaving the Future’?
Walter Flores

Empowerment without Accountability? The Lawyers’ Movement in Pakistan and its Aftershocks
Maryam S. Khan

Localising National Accountability Claims in Fragile Settings: The Right to Food Campaign in India
Anuradha Joshi, Aheli Chowdhury

Civilian Action in Conflict Settings: The Case of Colombia
Patricia Justino

Glossary
Anuradha Joshi

Notes on Contributors: Accountability Amidst Fragility, Conflict, and Violence: Learning from Recent Cases

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Joshi, A. (2019) (Ed) Accountability Amidst Fragility, Conflict, and Violence: Learning from Recent Cases, IDS Bulletin 50.3, Brighton: IDS

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Anuradha Joshi

Research Fellow

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doi
10.19088/1968-2019.125

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Conflict and Violence

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