In the third contribution to our series focusing on the challenges and opportunities for advancing gender equality goals in fragile and conflict-affected countries, Clare Castillejo calls for stronger evidence on how international actors can promote inclusive political settlements that also include women.
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This is the first blog in a new series focussing on the challenges and opportunities for advancing gender equality goals, women’s voice and agency in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Jelke Boesten outlines why we should not focus on rape in war without taking into account the fact that sexual violence permeates the everyday lives of women throughout the world.
With preliminary results rolling in at the time of publication, William Avis follows up on his blog written at the start of the election - will the BJP reach the magic number of 272 seats to form a government? If not, what form might a coalition government take? And what questions will remain to be answered regardless of which way the results go?
Drawing on forthcoming Development Progress research, Karen Barnes Robinson writes that while we are seeing ‘overall’ progress in Liberia, women and girls remain vulnerable to specific types of insecurity and violence that remain invisible and unaddressed. She draws out the issues that need action, including political will and equity, and wonders whether we can really claim progress whilst such issues remain.
Tony Killick OBE takes a look at how development policy in the UK has transformed over the past few years, from a focus on 'MDG type concerns' to a policy driven by the pursuit of growth. He argues that there should be a stronger public and intellectual discussion of this transformation, and poses a series of questions that he believes should be asked of DFID.
Security progress cannot be pursued without a deep understanding of the political conflicts underlying instability in the places we work. Using Ethiopia as an example, Sophie Stevens shows how the different views of what security means at various levels of state and society – and in particular the views of ordinary citizens – need to be what informs security sector reform programmes.