Conflict and fragility

A Development Co-operation Lens on Terrorism Prevention

 

The DAC Reference Document, A Development Co-operation Lens on Terrorism Prevention: Key Entry Points for Action , draws on donor responses to international terrorism. It is intended to guide the international community and governments in their efforts to address linkages between terrorism and development, and suggests how donor programmes might be designed or adjusted. It begins with a Policy Statement in which DAC Ministers and Heads of Agencies underline key lessons, orientations and entry points for action. This publication was endorsed by the DAC High Level Meeting (2003) and complements the DAC Guidelines Helping Prevent Violent Conflict  (2001), a reference point for development co-operation actors in this field.

Executive Summary

The manner in which various actors (government, civil society, business and even criminal elements) engage in society can have a direct or indirect effect on the causes and proliferation of terrorism. It is necessary to deepen understanding of the links between the role played by these actors and the roots of the problem. This is a challenge for all parts of government. In combating terrorism, OECD governments must rally trade, defence, foreign affairs, finance and development actors so that they work together to consider all policy options and to define their respective roles. The shared goal is to deprive terrorists of popular support and to address the conditions that terrorist leaders feed on and exploit.

Within the framework set up by the UN task force on terrorism, the DAC have agreed to work towards the following objectives:

  • To bolster long-term structural stability,
  • To dissuade disaffected groups from embracing terrorism and other forms of violent conflict,
  • To deny groups or individuals the means to carry out terrorism by reinforcing governance, and
  • To promote policy coherence, complementarity and consistency.

 

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