About this issue
One billion people live in countries where conflict has devastated health, education, economic systems, and lives. Most of these countries are poor; indeed, poverty is often cited as both a cause of civil conflict, and an outcome of it. People living in conflict zones and fragile states need humanitarian aid and protection. But too often, international aid produces only short-term gains. Development practitioners have concluded that longer-term success hinges on helping governments of fragile states build the capacity to provide critical services and govern effectively. But how can this be done effectively, especially amid conflict that rages on, or is barely contained?
Read about the September 30, 2009 launch of Development Outreach and see the video of this event.
Development Outreach is a flagship magazine in the field of global knowledge for development which reflects the learning programs of the World Bank and presents a range of viewpoints by renowned authors and specialists worldwide.