(For An analysis of the dynamics of State Society Relations in Conflict affected states Read our contribution to the Global State of Civil Society Report 2013 here
(For an independent Review of the Performance of the International Dialogue, go to the Brookings Report here http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2014/07/implementing-new-deal-fragile-states)
Since 2011 the Africa Platform has been one of the most active Civil Society Organizations in the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and StateBuilding (IDPS).
The role of the Africa Platform has been to strengthen a renewed focus on state society relations and the social contract as the foundation of any peacebuilding agenda.
In 2011 we were part of two Global Working Groups of the International Dialogue. The Working Groups were instrumental in producing the first internationally agreed Principles on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, known as the Five Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals.
In December 2011 Africa Platform was the only Civil Society selected by the IDPS to join the MInisterial Panel that pushed for the signing and adoption of A New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. This wa during the 4th High Level Forum on AID Effectiveness.
Since then The Platform remains active in Civil Society engagement and has continued to support Civil Society from Conflict affected countries in developing an engagement framework not just for the New Deal, but for state society relations in conflict affected states.
As part of our program to strengthen the social contract, we are implementing a major program that seeks to create national dialogue spaces for Civil Society and Government in selected countries across Africa and Asia. In Africa these include Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan and Sierra Leone.