Enhancing the role of non-state actors in conflict-sensitive development

This report argues that the Communication on the Participation of Non-State Actors in EC Development Policy neglects the important contribution and role that non-state actors with a conflict prevention focus can make to sustainable peace and development as well as the particular sensitivity required when engaging non-state actors in conflict affected areas.

Greater emphasis and understanding of how development processes impact, and are impacted by, conflict dynamics, would both strengthen the debate, and ultimately improve the effectiveness of EC policy.