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UK Government launches ‘building stability overseas’ strategy

Tuesday, 01 Nov 2011

This year the Government published a new strategy outlining how the UK will help to stop serious conflict from taking hold in unstable countries. When violent conflict breaks out, the costs to the country and the international community are enormous. Lives are lost, people are displaced and trade links are cut. Schools shut down, hospitals are destroyed and businesses cannot operate. For these reasons, war is often termed 'development in reverse'. This new paper – known as the Building Stability Overseas Strategy – details how Britain aims to tackle these problems by promoting democracy, security and prosperity in countries and regions where its interests are at stake. The strategy has been developed jointly by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development and Ministry of Defence. It is based on three strands, the third being of particular interest for ReBUILD: Early warning - improving our ability to anticipate instability and potential triggers for conflict Rapid crisis prevention and response - improving our ability to take fast, appropriate and effective action to prevent a crisis or stop it spreading or escalating Investing in upstream prevention - helping to build strong, legitimate institutions and robust societies in fragile countries that are capable of managing tensions and shocks so there is a lower likelihood of instability and conflict. For more information, click here.