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Jonathan goodhand corrupting consolidating peace

Cheng is Bennet Boskey Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Exeter College, University of Oxford.

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The result is an essential guide to the challenges confronting citizens, and those who would aid them, in some of the world’s most troubled areas.' - ' It is well known that conflict-affected states are prone to corruption, which in turn undermines faith in public institutions.Thus, the central objective of this paper can be summarised as an attempt to identify and examine the highly sensitive and complex relationship between corruption and peacebuilding in post-conflict environments.There are two important areas I wish to explore in depth.The UNDG (2004) identifies ‘post-conflict’ as “The period in a crisis when partnerships with the international community are most crucial in supporting or underpinning still fragile cease-fires or peace processes by helping to create conditions for political stability, security, justice and social equity”.Yet despite the large international involvement, corruption and peacebuilding have until recently been viewed as separate fields with different priorities.This content was written by a student and assessed as part of a university degree.

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Their weak administrative institutions and fragile legal and judicial systems mean that they lack the capacity to effectively investigate and punish corrupt behaviour.

In addition, the sudden inflow of donor aid into post-conflict countries and the desire of peacebuilding actors (including the UN, the international financial institutions, aid agencies, and non-governmental organisations) to disburse these funds quickly, create incentives and opportunities for corruption.

What is less well known is how corruption can shape the possibilities and character of a transition to peace.

By approaching it as a political rather than technical problem, this important book takes a clear-eyed look at the ways in which corruption can threaten — but also, on occasion, facilitate — post-conflict peacebuilding.' - ' This book would be a fine reference for those who seek to add some sense of reality to their practice of theory vis-à-vis conflict resolution and peacebuilding, as well as those seeking to develop practical policies on these issues' - Christine S.

As the international community has grown more involved in post-conflict peacebuilding, it has become increasingly apparent that corruption deeply affects all aspects of the recovery process, including activities such as institution building, reconstruction and economic development (Zuam & Cheng).