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Addison, Tony, Gisselquist, Rachel, Niño-Zarazúa, Miguel and Singh, Saurabh (2016) 'Needs Versus Expediency: Poverty Reduction and Social Development inPost-Conflict Countries.' In: Langer, Arnim and Brown, Graham K., (eds.), Building Sustainable Peace: Timing and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 32-50.

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This chapter explores the issues around the need to strengthen and sustain peace in post-conflict societies. These issues include the amount of focus to be given to absolute poverty reduction versus broader social inclusion, including the reduction of inequality. The chapter sets out a framework that can help country-level policy and action, then moves on to address specific interventions: health, education, livelihoods, and social protection, reviewing the (often limited) evidence available, and drawing out some tentative recommendations for sequencing. This provides the basis for a discussion of the politics of post-conflict inclusion, which delves deeper into the issues around crafting a politics of recovery that also embraces the needs of the poor. A final section concludes that a ‘first best’ outcome for poverty and human development is unlikely, as the political economy of recovery will impose powerful constraints.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: peace, post-conflict reconstruction, poverty, human development, social protection
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISBN: 9780198757276
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2022 09:14
Related URLs: ... IDER/2015/952-7 (Organisation URL)
Funders: Other

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