Human Security

Human Security

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Human security introduction

This theme examines the relationship between security and development from local, regional and global perspectives. Insecurity impacts societies as a whole, impedes development and stalls post-conflict reconstruction, often across wider regions. Integrated strategies are needed to solve the conflicts of the 21st century and to build a more secure world.

By the end of the Cold War, the concept of human security had already begun to develop against a background of changing patterns in violent outbreaks. The emergence of internal conflicts in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe sadly illustrated that national and international traditional security concepts fell short. Additionally, with globalization, conflicts – from local to global – are increasingly marked by a shift to transboundary patterns. This requires an appropriate security approach, beyond the focus on the state and more towards multi-stakeholder, transregional and human-centred strategies  that sustainably tackle the underlying causes of conflict.These  include economic and political inequalities, scarcity, terrorism, migration and the drug trade. The current severe unrest in the Sahel is a clear example of the necessity for a transboundary approach to conflict.

The marriage between security and development policies is inevitably tied up with all sorts of geopolitical interests. Over the last decades important steps have been taken to bridge political, economic, military, humanitarian and juridical goals in  a development security nexus. Milestone reports that marked the political debate were the UNDP’s 1994 Human Development  Report and  more recently the 2011 World Development Report on conflict, security and development. THE BROKER’S aim on this Human Security theme page is to enrich the analysis from a typical critical BROKER perspective applying a multidisciplinary approach, with a focus on what these developments mean for the poor, for inequality, and for regional and global relationships.

Human Security blog

How to build peace locally?

Engaging with local non-state actors provides opportunities for peacebuilding, especially in places where the state is...

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Editorial articles

A sense of déjà vu: Illegal drugs in West Africa and the Sahel

Mabel Gonzales Bustelo | January 28, 2015

International drug markets are currently shifting production and transit of illegal substances to West Africa and the Sahel. An integrated international appr...

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Model or straitjacket? Doing context analysis on fragile or conflict-affected states

Rojan Bolling | January 19, 2015

Good context analysis is crucial for working in the complex contexts of fragile or conflict-affected states, are the frameworks guiding such analysis up to t...

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Ebola’s international impact

Karlijn Muiderman | September 19, 2014

To understand the regional impact and continual threat of the Ebola crisis, a longer term understanding of the underlying issues is needed.

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Building inclusive societies in fragile states

Seth Kaplan | August 08, 2014

A major reason why less developed countries fail to develop is the structural exclusion of large segments of their population from their economic, social and...

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Anti-gang policies and gang responses in the Northern Triangle

The particular evolution of the gang phenomenon has been deeply shaped by a series of reactions and adaptations to ill-developed security policies.

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Corruption in the Northern Triangle: The siren song of crime

Ivan Briscoe | July 03, 2014

The end of the civil wars in the Northern Triangle countries has made way for stable democracies, but the governments of Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and E...

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Expert opinions

How to build peace locally?

Engaging with local non-state actors provides opportunities for peacebuilding, especially in places where the state is absent and solutions should be sought within communities.

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Religious actors in development: Time to fix our blind spot

Religious actors are often able to give structure when the other institutions of a state collapse. However, their role and impact in development cooperation and...

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What management theory can contribute to the Comprehensive Approach

Marc van den Homberg  | 30 December 2014

Management theory can provide interesting insights and solutions for problems faced with the planning of joint operations

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Rebels and extremist stories from northern Mali

Paul Mben  | 28 October 2014

As long as the northern part of Mali is not occupied by armed troops, it will remain insecure and dangerous.

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Poverty and unemployment encourage organized crime

Sasha Jesperson  | 20 October 2014

While cocaine flows through West Africa may have declined, the structures that facilitated trafficking are still in place.

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Sahel Watch

Sahel Watch

The conflict in Mali has its roots in history, but can also be seen as a product of current economic, ecological, political, security and geopolitical develo...

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Power dynamics and natural resources

Power dynamics and natural resources

Resource disputes are grounded in structural inequalities and reveal conflicting interests.

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