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IPTI is contributing to the World Bank-United Nations Flagship Study on the Role of Development in the Prevention of Violent Conflict, which will be presented to the UN General Assembly and the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in 2017.

The increase in the number and intensity of violent conflicts since 2010 has put the spotlight on the need to find a sustained approach prioritizing conflict prevention and the “primacy” of the political in the international response. The UN General Assembly and Security Council have passed resolutions to this effect, and new Secretary General António Guterreshas emphasized the importance of prevention in his first address to the Security Council.

In this context, the World Bank and the UN are undertaking a joint study on the relationship between national development policies and approaches, international assistance, and the prevention of violent conflict. This joint study is set within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies, as well as UN SCR 2282 on Sustaining Peace, which calls for closer coherence between diplomatic, development and security efforts to prevent violence.

IPTI has been contracted by the World Bank to produce a report examining how inclusion contributes to the prevention of violent conflict and sustained peace. Based on datasets comprising case studies of inclusive negotiations and of the role of civil society in peacebuilding, IPTI is conducting additional research on the link between inclusion and prevention outcomes. IPTI seeks to answer the following question: “Does inclusion contribute to preventing a) the outbreak, b) the continuation or escalation, and c) the recurrence of violent conflict?”.

IPTI’s findings will feed into the WB-UN Flagship Study as well as recommendations on how to improve the impact of peacebulding efforts. They will also be discussed on the occasion of the 2017 Geneva Peace Week, which will focus on the theme of “Prevention Across Sectors and Institutions”.