Asia Foundation Experts Speak at World Bank Fragility Forum

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Washington, DC, March 3, 2016 — This week, Asia Foundation experts from Nepal, the Philippines, and Thailand joined over 600 participants for the World Bank Group’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum 2016 in Washington, DC to focus on the sustainable development agenda in a world affected by conflict and violence. The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director of Conflict and Development Patrick Barron; Country Representative in the Philippines Dr. Steven Rood; and Country Representative in Nepal George Varughese presented a panel on peace-building in response to sub-national conflicts in Asia.

Supported by research uncovered in the Foundation’s recently released Beyond the Toolkit: Supporting Peace Processes in Asia, the fourth paper in the Working Politically in Practice series, the panel focused on forward alternative models of peace and state-building, based on contemporary understandings of thinking and working politically in development. The discussion also explored what role external actors should and could play in peace-building.

Convened under the theme Take Action for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, this year’s program included over 70 sessions, which build on the momentum of the Global Goals, and takes a hard look at how to implement this ambitious agenda in fragile environments.

Building on that conversation, today at an Asia Foundation event, our experts continued the discussion on the Toolkit report and new approaches to supporting peace in post-conflict contexts. Barron, Rood and Varughese were joined by Australia’s Department of Foreign Trade and Affairs (DFAT)’s fragility specialist Thomas Parks, who moderated the discussion. The panel included a close look at the Foundation’s peace support activities in the Philippines, Nepal, and Myanmar. Watch full the panel here.

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Related locations: Nepal, Philippines, Washington DC
Related programs: Conflict and Fragile Conditions