World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development

The World Bank
World Bank
Publication date: 
April 2011

How are conflict and violence hampering development? And what can we do to reduce the fragility of countries facing violence?  1.5 billion People around the globe live in countries plagued by repeated cycles of political and criminal violence. Most of these conflict afflicted countries have yet to achieve a single Millennium Development Goal.

This World Bank report describes the relationship between conflict, security, and development. It lays out an analysis of the basic trends underlying conflict and violence in the 21st century, as well as a series of policy recommendations to face the challenges these pro-rated conflicts bring.

The report presents new trends, contending that contemporary conflicts are no longer one-off events, that new forms of conflict and violence are emerging, and that different forms of violence can become linked to each other in ways that create cycles of violence. The analytical framework of this resource is presented in three parts and uses a variety of resources, including case studies, expert opinions, and regional consultations.

Recommendations include developing stable and legitimate institutions, stopping illicit financial flows, and addressing food and water insecurity.

World Bank. (2011). World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development. World Bank.
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