The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States recognizes that building mutual trust between states and societies is indispensable for resilience in countries in fragile situations. Development assistance should be channelled in ways that help to build that trust by enabling state institutions to fulfil their core responsibilities to provide essential services, such as those framed in the Peace-building and State-building Goals of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States.
Country ownership and leadership are central to effective development cooperation, as well as sovereignty considerations which recognize the importance of an inclusive state being able to exercise authority over its territory and be accountable to its population. States have core responsibilities for responding to citizens’ needs. This is what determines the legitimacy of state institutions. It is however, not an exclusive responsibility, hence the New Deal’s focus on legitimate politics and inclusive planning processes, grounded in the context and including the variety of stakeholders (civil society, private sector, parliaments), is crucial to develop and implement sustainable solutions.
This Amphitheatre Session will debate how to ensure that Leaving No-One Behind does not contradict country ownership, country leadership and use of country systems, which are at the core of development effectiveness.