Statehood

Weak institutions and state collapse are considered a stumbling block on the road to development and an obstacle to peacebuilding. Yet, dynamics of state formation are intrinsically linked to the history of conflicts.  Understanding the way states and societies operate in fragile and conflict-affected countries is of central relevance for research and practice. By analyzing the day-to-day practices of states in conflict and post-conflict contexts swisspeace tries to understand how new forms of statehood and governance emerge as the result of negotiation processes between local, national and international actors. The Statehood Program provides consultancy services to partners and conducts research and training on violent conflict, fragility and state building.

Latest Activities and Publications

13 March - 17 March, 2017

Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course

The swisspeace course took place at the University of Basel. It explored how fragility can be countered and statebuilding enhanced to avoid violent conflict. About the course


Dominik Balthasar, 2017

Quo vadis Afrika?

Afrika Bulletin Nr. 165 - Aktuelle Brennpunkte: Äthiopien, Mozambique, Zimbabwe. Download.


Project funded by NVO-WOTRO, 2016-2017

Perceptions of Governance - The Experience of Local Administrative Councils in Opposition-held Syria

Final Report: Download.


Mazen Gharibah, Bahjat Hajjar, Leila Hilal, Martina Santschi, Mazhar Sharbaji, Corinne von Burg, 2017

Perceptions of Governance - The Experience of Local Administrative Councils in Opposition-held Syria

Bern: swisspeace & LACU. Full report (English), Abstract (English), Full report (Arabic), Abstract (Arabic)


Mandate for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, 2016

Mid-term review of the project "Communauté Tunisienne Résidente en Suisse pour le Développement" (CTRS)

swisspeace conducted the mid-term review of the four-year diaspora project in Tunisia funded by the Global Program on Migration and Development of SDC.