The idea that security and development are inter-dependent and mutually reinforcing informs the mainstream donor approach towards the reconstruction of 'conflict-affected' countries.
The security-development nexus theory argues that because conflict and violence impede countries’ development prospects, it is imperative to create a secure domestic environment first through a policy emphasis on the adoption of institutional reforms. This policy consensus, however, does not align with the empirical evidence on the ground. Despite improvements in public security conditions, the anticipated development objectives have yet to follow in 'conflict-affected' societies such as Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands. This paper addresses why this gap between the policy and practice of security-development nexus occurs. It does so by examining the underlying assumptions of the nexus theory and how it actually correlates to the realities in the 'field'. It argues that more attention needs to be given to the views of aid recipient populations about security and development and the nature of the relationship between the two, as well as their identification of other factors that are likely to impact on development outcomes.
Speaker: Selver Sahin
Thursday 10 May: 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm
Research Lounge, RMIT Building 28, Level 5