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Roads to Peace?

The Future of Infrastructure in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

Does infrastructure spending really help stabilize fragile and conflict-affected areas?

INFRASTRUCTURE constitutes a large portion of contemporary donor spending on fragile and conflict-affected states. But we know little about its impact. DIIS and UNOPS bring together key stakeholders in infrastructure projects in fragile and conflict-affected states—donors, practitioners and high-level decision makers—for a high-level workshop to learn from their shared experience, to build upon successes and understand the risks associated with this sector. The workshop outcomes will lead to a joint DIIS/UNOPS report aimed at informing future governance for delivery of the SDGs in fragile and conflict-affected states.

South Sudan

Ongoing Fieldwork

South Sudan has been in a condition of fragility since the beginning of the civil war in 2013. In the ongoing conflict it is estimated that nearly 400,000 people lost their lives, 2 million people were left displaced, and further 2.5 million people fled the country as refugees. The humanitarian response to this crisis is among the largest worldwide,
targeting about 6 million people with a total funding requirement of 1.7 billion USD in 2018, 45% funded
as of September 2018.

DR Congo

Ongoing Fieldwork 

Two decades of conflict have left DR Congo in a sever state of underdevelopment, causing 6 million of victims. Extreme violence and humanitarian crises are still ongoing due to the different conflicts between militias. In DRC there are currently more than 4 million internally displaced people, and around 600,000 people are refugees in neighboring countries. Moreover, aslmost 10 million people suffer from food insecurity. 


Fieldwork in 2019

Somalia has been in a state of civil war since the beginning of the 1990s with different rebel groups fighting for power. Currently, in Somalia there are 2.1 million of internally displaced people, and 6.2 million people, half of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. 


Desk Research

Afghanistan is in an ongoing state of conflict, with the Taliban groups still threatening around 60% of the country. The country is suffering from widespread unemployment and poverty, and lack of basic services. The internally displaced people amount are more circa 1,3 million, and still rising. From its start in 2001, the conflict in Afghanistan caused circa 70,000 casualties.