Results Report 2011: Aid and conflict
Armed conflict destroys societies, hampers development and makes it difficult for local populations to shape their own future. The population suffers, both while the conflict is raging and, often, for generations thereafter. People fleeing, an infrastructure in ruins and a collapsing economy can create a breeding ground for terrorism and international crime. There is often a risk that the conflict will spread to neighbouring countries. The main topic of this year’s Results Report is aid to countries in conflict and fragile states. No fragile state is on track to achieve a single UN Millennium Development Goal by 2015. We need more knowledge and debate about what works and what doesn’t. We must do more of what works well. We must change or stop doing what doesn’t work.