Conflicts, Security and Development

Following sessions of the Working Group “Conflict, Security and Development” are scheduled to be presented at the 14th EADI General Conference:

ID Session name Date&Time Room
WGS021 Conflicts, Security and Development: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches 24/06, 2.30pm S1/S2
WGS022 Resources, Conflict and Development in the Nigerian Delta 24/06, 2.30pm S1/S2
WGS023 Studies on Human Security in Contemporary Africa 25/06, 2.45pm S1/S2
WGS024 Policy Debates Surrounding Conflicts, Security and Development 26/06, 2.30pm S1/S2


Inequalities and Social Conflicts in a Polycentric World – the Missing Links in the Development Agenda

Conflicts Security DevelopmentThe conventional development theory expects that economic growth will ‘temporarily’ raise inequality but then smoothly lead to sustained welfare. Whereas the idealised picture hardly corresponds with the actual histories of the industrialised countries, political upheavals in several emerging countries call for a closer look at inequalities. Indeed, there seems to be a growing consensus that inequalities – largely ignored in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – should be included in the post-2015 agenda. The alarming rise of inequalities, whether nationally, regionally or globally, not only challenges the possibilities for poverty reduction and sustainable development but also puts the vision of peaceful development in jeopardy. However, the inclusion of conflicts in the agenda appears much less clear. Whereas powerful organisations such as the AU, EU, OECD and several donor states support the idea, some emerging powers have reacted with suspicion, even controversy. Which only confirms that ours is a polycentric world. The ‘West’ can no longer alone dictate a single development agenda for the ‘Rest’. Different regional dynamics, not only in Europe but also in Africa, Latin America and Asia frame the politics and policies of development.

Potential authors are invited to propose papers on amongst others:

  • The causes of inequality and their consequences to security: Case studies or theoretical papers with reference to development
  • Political upheavals, inequality and development
  • The security-development nexus and the post-2015 agenda
  • The politics and policies of security in the developing world
  • Regional dynamics of conflicts and security – effects on development
  • Security and development in a polycentric world

Conveners: Lauri Siitonen (University of Helsinki) & Harlan Koff (University of Luxembourg)