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Georgina Waylen continues our women's empowerment blog series looking at role women play in transitions to democracy and the end of conflict, describing the formal and informal ways in which women can and do engage in negotiations and political settlements. She points out these notable successes whilst at the same time arguing that international actors have a role to play in strengthening opportunities for participation in this area.
Kishan Khoday takes a look at development finance in the Arab region in the run up to 2015. Aid from the Arab region has been expanding in recent years - combined with the social changes taking place in the region, and the fact that the region still receives significant amounts of aid as well, this makes for a complex and changing development finance landscape.
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.
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?