Event

UN Talks: Investing in Core Government Functions – A Road to Peace?

This seminar will explore how financing core government functions interacts with conflict-affected countries.

Event details

Date:4 June 2019
Time:3-5 pm (coffee/tea served from 2.30)
Venue:Norrsken House, Birger Jarlsgatan 57 C, Stockholm
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Across the world, people increasingly demand more accessible and higher quality public services. The capacity of governments and public institutions to deliver services – such as sanitation, water, health and education – is affected by the ability of the State to manage core government functions. This can be more difficult in a development setting, including fragile, transitioning and post-conflict States, yet just as essential.

Do fragile and conflict-affected countries prioritise core government functions? Does this lead to more successful transitions towards peace? How do the experiences of countries transitioning out of violent conflict impact the level at which they invest in rebuilding core government functions? These questions will be explored in the seminar using South Sudan and Myanmar as case studies.

Evidence of the connection between public spending/institutional restoration and resilience is sparse. UNDP therefore commissioned research with Oxford Policy Management to explore whether and how prioritising spending on core government functions can lead to more successful transitions towards peace in fragile and conflict-affected countries. The research examines five in-depth case studies in Colombia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, and South Sudan in addition to general findings.

In this seminar, four experts will discuss the insights of this latest research. They will discuss the UN’s role and how we can build on success and improve institutional delivery and accountability in contexts of continuing fragility, political uncertainty, and ongoing crises.

 

Speakers

Jose Cruz-Osorio, Team Leader of Core Government Functions Team, UNDP

Endre Stiansen, Senior Advisor at Oslo Governance Centre

Per Nordlund, Programme Director at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

Maria Nystedt, Head of Rule of Law Unit at the Folke Bernadotte Academy

 

Moderator

Henrik Hammargren, Executive Director at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

 

Welcome to Norrsken House at 14:30 where coffee and refreshments will be served.

 

You can watch this event live here

 

The seminar is the second in a series of #UNtalks, jointly organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UNDP Sweden with the aim to contribute to critical reflection and deeper understanding of the role and work of the United Nations.