The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States
The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States is the first set of principles guiding international engagement in conflict-affected states. It was endorsed in November 2011, during the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, by 44 countries and various international organisations. The New Deal was originally conceived by the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (the Dialogue)– a forum bringing together countries affected by conflict and fragility and their international development partners to identify, agree and realize more effective ways of building peaceful states and supporting transitions out of fragility.
The New Deal seeks to be more context-sensitive and country-led than traditional approaches to development, and aims to ensure mutual accountability between governments, civil society, donors and other international actors.
The New Deal sets out three interconnected sets of principles to be adhered to in any development intervention in fragile or conflict-affected situations: