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Bart Weijs

Bart Weijs

Bart Weijs is the coordinator of the IS Academy Human Security in Fragile States. He is also coordinator-researcher at Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, combining in-depth knowledge with practical implementation. Bart grew up in Botswana, completed an MSc in International Development Studies in 2011, and has since worked at WUR on diverse issues, from local governance in fragile states, to evaluating impact of Dutch aid.

Entering the ‘negotiation of rule’

The World Conference on Humanitarian Studies created space for debating international engagement in fragile and conflict-affected settings

‘Engineering’ non-state governance

One of the key insights from policy discourses on fragile states is that these states can contain a variety of non-state forms of public authority. It has been convincingly argued that in the absence of functioning states, societies are not ‘ungoverned’, but rely on traditional mechanisms, as well as on community-based arrangements, armed actors or opposition groups, humanitarian or development agencies and, in some cases, the private sector. This insight has resonated widely and has sparked an interest in building on non-state institutions for reconstruction and development.

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