Speakers: Jon Lømoy, Funmi Olonisakin, James Putzel
Moderator: Stuart Corbridge
Recorded on 6 May 2010 at the London School of Economics and Political Science
While international donors have the potential to make positive contributions to support statebuilding, they can inadvertently do harm. The
LSE’s Crisis States Research Centre (CSRC) organised a panel discussion on the OECD’s report Do No Harm: International Support for Statebuilding, which provides practical guidance on constructive intervention in fragile states.
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Speakers included Jon Lømoy, Director of the Development Co-operation Directorate at OECD; Dr. Funmi Olonisakin, Senior Research Fellow in the Conflict, Security and Development group at Kings College; and Professor James Putzel, Director of CSRC and principal author of the OECD report Do No Harm. Stuart Corbridge, Professor of Development Studies and Head of the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) at LSE, moderated the discussion.
For far too long there’s been little recognition that many of the countries in the developing world, in fact, have right at the centre of their agenda state formation and statebuilding.
James Putzel (24’50”)
The transition from running one’s own shop to interacting with a large number of other actors to reach common objectives has been enormously challenging for the development community.
Jon Lømoy describes how shifting focus to fragile states was a game changer for the development community, emphasising co-ordination with other policy communities including defence and foreign affairs. (9’20”)
At a moment’s notice, the strategic interests of donors override local priorities.
Listing four main ways in which donors can do harm, Funmi Olonisakin ranks the strategic dilemma of donors as the leading cause of inadvertent harm in fragile states. (39’20”)