The political economy of peacebuilding and international aid

Authored by: Susan L. Woodward

Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding

Print publication date:  January  2013
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415690195
eBook ISBN: 9780203068175
Adobe ISBN: 9781135082130


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No peacebuilding operation can begin without commitments from those who will provide the financial and material resources necessary. One influential strand of the peacebuilding literature even argues that success is best explained by the amount of resources provided (in relation to the complexity of the case). The more resources, the more likely efforts at peace are to be effective. 2 The design of United Nations missions and their mandates, including the frequency of decisions on their renewal, is shaped by negotiations with countries willing to commit troops and the budgetary politics of the UN system. The evolution of the international peace architecture itself since the era of activism began in the early 1990s has been characterized as a drive to expand in every way possible the resources, tools, and leverage at its disposal, above all, the financing. 3

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