Security and development are inextricably linked: there cannot be sustainable development without peace and security while development and poverty eradication are crucial to ensure long-term and viable peace. Instability, conflict, insecurity, violence, organised crime, corruption and other deficit deter investment, hinder trade, divert public social expenditure, and hamper access to education, health and other basic services; they also severely weaken democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Priority focus must of course be on preventive action. Peacebuilding also requires that development partners adopt a comprehensive approach to development which includes improved coordination and action and policies on many fronts including aide, trade and political dialogue. The engagement of the private sector and civil society actors is essential.

  • How are international development players adapting their policies to take account of the security-development nexus?
  • Are there any examples of good national and international policies which have succeeded in bringing peace and development to a previously troubled country or region?
  • What is the role of non-state actors including business, civil society and women in the quest for security and development?



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10.45 – 12.00

Policy insight To achieve Agenda 2030, give peace a chance ‒ Why the security development nexus is vital to implement SDGs”

Shada Islam
Director Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
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