As part preventing cross-border conflicts, African states need to invest more in their common borders and serve each other as good neighbors, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UN Assistant Secretary General, Special Advisor to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Wednesday at the Aswan Forum for sustainable peace and development.
In the second session of the forum titled ‘Silencing the Guns in Africa: Owning the Prevention Agenda,’ Dieye spoke about the challenges to financing development, according to a press release by the UNDP Egypt, which highlighted the contributions of the UNDP experts in the forum.
Dieye said that the UNDP recognises the importance of strong crisis prevention mechanisms to maintain nations on resilient development pathways and that its Strategic Plan 2018-2022 is a pillar to “build resilience to crises and shocks.”
One of the six signature solutions of the UNDP Strategic Plan is to “enhance national prevention and recovery capacities for resilient societies,” which will focus on the issues of conflict prevention, peace building and mitigation and crisis response, to help countries avoid crises and return quickly to stable development after crises occur, he added
"Yet, some African states lack a culture of resilience and the topic does not receive enough attention,” Dieye highlighted.
The forum also discussed key practical aspects such as the financing of post-conflict economic recovery.
“Although this is still not sufficient, we see positive developments in bridging the financing gap in situations of fragility, including the presence of emerging donors like the Islamic Development Bank and the use of new instruments such as Social Impact bonds,” Dieye noted.
Acting as a strategic partner of the Aswan Forum, the UNDP supported the forum and built on its global experience and vast expertise on sustainable development, peace and security in Africa.
“UNDP Egypt has a long partnership with the International Cairo Centre for Dispute Resolution, Peace Keeping and Peace building. The spotless organisation and the quality of the debates demonstrate the important role Egypt plays in Africa,” said Randa Aboul-Hosn, Resident Representative of UNDP Egypt.
The Aswan forum was supported by the Government of Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the UNDP, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Banque Misr, EFG Hermes and the African Development Bank, among others.