FBA receives government mandate in global strategy for sustainable peace

FBA is assigned an important role in the Swedish government’s new global strategy for sustainable peace. Through the strategy the government aims to coordinate the Swedish development cooperation and increase the ability to act fast and flexible.

The number of armed conflicts in the world is on the rise. Today’s conflicts are also more complex and include several active groups which makes them harder to solve. Conflicts are costly. Apart from causing human suffering conflicts pose an obstacle to development by destroying economic infrastructure and social stability – important conditions for development.

The new Swedish strategy for sustainable peace aims to strengthen capacity in the field of conflict prevention, peace and state building to improve peoples’ opportunities to lead a safe life. It further aims to enhance the ability to carry out efforts both globally and in individual countries.

– It is a broad strategy that suits our mission. FBA is an expert agency with valuable competence in peace, security and development, and we can use a wide range of our expertise to work with the strategy. Since we perform activities with our own staff we have a good chance to be flexible and adapt our operations over time, says Markus Derblom, Head of the Department for Prevention, Peacebuilding and Governance at FBA.

The strategy runs for five years to 2022, which Markus Derblom considers an advantage. He also finds it positive that the strategy targets many of the latest UN Security Council Resolutions in the area of peace and development.

– It means that we can work with a long-term perspective and develop our partnerships with international and local actors that have operations around the world.

FBA will contribute to six of the strategy’s eight sub targets. The work should be carried out in joint action with the Swedish International Development Agency and concerned diplomatic missions. It includes efforts to support dialogue, mediation and reconciliation processes. Strengthen leadership and cooperation in operations for protection of civilians. Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants. Build democratic institutions with respect for rule of law, increase citizens’ participation and possibilities to hold authorities accountable. The involvement of women and youth will be at the core. To achieve sustainability all parts of a population have to be included in peace building.

The strategy also makes it possible for FBA to provide support on a local level in individual countries. For example if a national process for peace or state building needs to be reinforced.

FBA has received a number of important strategy missions the past years, including Africa south of Sahara, Colombia, DRC, Iraq, Liberia and Mali. And more are to come.

 Photo: UN Photo/Tobin Jones

 

MORE FROM HOME

Research has to reach out with results that can be put into action

After 20 years with the women, peace and security agenda we are still far from the goals where women’s participation in peace processes is a key issue. The UN Secretary General has called on international actors to look into their ways of working. To what extent can research help us develop the work for peace and security to become more efficient?

2020-12-18 11:47

Read our publications

""

Youth, Peace and Security Adviser’s Handbook

Never before in history have there been so many young people on the planet. A very important cornerstone for reaching sustainable peace and security is to ensure that young people have the rights, tools and opportunities, to participate in a meaningful manner in statebuilding and peacebuilding processes.

Documents
Attributes
Author:
FBA
Year:
2020

THE FBA BLOG

  • Posted by Hanna Bertelman

    Creating space for dialogue in Colombia

    In Colombia, four years after the signing of the historic peace agreement between the government and the FARC guerrilla, local civil society actors are a pivotal force for promoting change. The FBA, together with CIASE, a network of women´s organizations, and the Colombian National Police is enabling a space for joint learning for civil society actors and police officers on human security, leadership, and dialogue and mediation.

    As most of those who have seen a peace process ... Read entire post »

    2020-12-16 12:44
  • Posted by Annika Folkeson

    Avenues for accountability and participation: harnessing the power of the streets

    While much of the world awaits the upcoming US presidential elections in November, Iraq remains ensnared in its own deliberations over elections. Following the protests that escalated significantly in October 2019, the government resigned and early elections are now set for June 2021.

    The lack of jobs and public services, as well as rampant corruption, are among the grievances that have set off demonstrations across much of southern and central Iraq, as well as parts of Kurdistan ... Read entire post »

    2020-10-22 12:19
  • Posted by Minna Naucler

    ‘Defund the police’ and reforming the security sector

    In the midst of the pandemic, riots and unrest continues in the US over the recent cases of police brutality that resulted in the deaths of several African American individuals. While the Black Lives Matter movement continues to draw attention to the structural racism and inequalities of the American society, one of the slogans of the movement is ‘defund the police’ – seemingly meaning to disband or even abolish the police and give their funding to… ... Read entire post »

    2020-09-30 12:26
""

Johanna Malm

Johanna is expert on the Democratic Republic of Congo

More about our experts

Upcoming courses

""

Our partner countries

FBA is part of Sweden’s development aid within the area of peace and security

Read more about the countries where we work

Twitter