A peaceful society is a necessary precursor for development interventions (i.e. healthcare, education, jobs). Transparency, citizen mobilization, functioning markets and government accountability are critical building blocks to lasting peace.
Violence and conflict fundamentally undermine human well-being and development, and the effects of violence in one area can spread to neighboring states and to other parts of the world, hurting development and impeding economic prospects for entire regions.i Children living in fragile states are twice as likely to be undernourished and three times as likely to be out of school,ii and the economic costs of violence in 2015 was $13.6 trillion—13%.3% of the world’s GDP.iii
Contentions among communities, states and non-state actors are resolved justly through strong peacemaking systems, preventing tensions from escalating into violence. States maintain peace through diplomatic institutions and effective social policies. Communities value the human rights of all groups and successfully hold governments accountable.