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Goma, North Kivu, DR Congo: Ukrainian peacekeepers helicopter MI-8 delivering provisions to the Indian contingent. Photo MONUSCO Force/Nazar Voloshyn.

Expert Note

Fragile practice: Donor mistakes in war-to-peace transitions

This expert note expands on a presentation made by the Lessons for Peace: Afghanistan team in October 2019 to the 5+4+3 Peace Working Group in Kabul, and draws on the author's personal experience as a World Bank staff member.


Key messages:

  • International donors have failed to translate advances in the understanding of exits from conflict into effective policymaking and government support – many of the lessons which could improve donor behaviour are already known to donors
  • Effective support to peaceful transitions should be premised on four key focus areas: Understanding politics and society; Supporting a single national strategy and working with national budgets; Providing sustained, long-term support to national institutions; Approaching corruption more coherently

This paper is the first in a two paper series, the second of which was published in November 2020 and is available here.

Published: 20 April 2020