How can basic services such as water and sanitation support peace and state-building in fragile states?

Supporting fragile states through WASH

Western Europe
Delft, The Netherlands

The call for a step change in the approach to engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) has implications for a variety of development actors, across all areas of intervention. We must not only do different things, but also do things differently. Establishing peace and stability is now known to be crucial to development, and therefore all programmes in FCAS can and must contribute to achieving that goal.

Fragile states

Given the prominence of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs in FCAS, these interventions will remain essential, but WASH programmes must also contribute, where possible, to opportunities for state- and peace-building. There is a growing body of research and experience providing an evidence base for precisely how, and to what extent, basic service delivery – and in particular WASH – can contribute to peace-building and state-building in fragile states.

This session will discuss recent research linking WASH services to the broader peace- and state-building process. It will engage audience members in a discussion on how to do this better and what it requires by the different actors at various levels.

  • Dick van Ginhoven, Senior Water and Sanitation Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Michelle Kooy, Water Governance Chair Group, UNESCO-IHE
  • Sarah Pickwick, Policy officer, Tearfund, United Kingdom
  • Hamani Oumarou, Country Manager for Niger, WaterAid
  • Leni Wild, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom


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