These pages explore the theme of 'conflict', one of the 7 governance capabilities outlined in DFID's Governance Target Strategy Paper, 'Making Government Work for Poor People' as being key to poverty reduction.
DFIDs approach emphasises the importance of reducing economic, social and political inequalities and of promoting inclusive and legitimate government in order to achieve these goals. Peace can also be promoted through making the security sector accountable to civilians, and through the demobilisation of soldiers and their reintegration into social and economic life. Many aspects of safety, security and accessible justice can be considered within the frameworks of conflict-prevention and post conflict reconstruction.
All societies experience conflict of some sort, and although these sources deal primarily with violent conflict, it is hoped that they will also be of interest to those concerned with countries and regions which are neither at risk of violent conflict or engaged in post-conflict reconstruction.