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Launch of Societal Dynamics and Fragility

Social Cohesion & Violence Prevention


Published: May 2012

Drawing on case studies from Yemen, Liberia, Haiti, Central African Republic and Aceh, the report frames fragility as a problem not only of state capacity, but also of relationships in society. Through this lens, the report advocates for adapting development interventions to build social cohesion and bridge divides across groups, in addition to enhancing the state's capacity to engage with different groups in society. The report's findings are already being operationalized in the field, by supporting re-engagement strategies in the Middle East, post-conflict and youth integration operations in Africa, and urban development in Latin America.


Opening Remarks:

  • Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank

Presentation of Study:

  • Alexandre Marc, Chief Technical Specialist, Center for Conflict, Security and Development
  • Alys Willman, Social Development Specialist, World Bank

Expert Comments:

  • Kathleen Kuehnast, Director, Gender and Peacebuilding, United States Institute of Peace
  • Junaid Ahmad, Sector Director, MNA Sustainable Development, World Bank

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