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International development banks, governance and peacebuilding

This project aimed to strengthen the peacebuilding contribution of international development banks in fragile and conflict-affected places.

The Asian Development Bank and World Bank spend huge sums of money funding development projects in fragile and conflict-affected places around the world. But the reality of local dynamics often makes it difficult to design and deliver good projects. Depending on how projects are implemented, they can therefore either help to foster peace or aggravate conflict.

We examined both the challenges the banks face and the opportunities for incorporating peacebuilding elements in their projects. Good practices emerging from our technical support to the World Bank in Nepal and Kyrgyzstan are now being replicated by the World Bank in Nigeria and Myanmar.