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Rebuilding War-Torn StatesThe Challenge of Post-Conflict Economic Reconstruction$
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Graciana del Castillo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237739.001.0001

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Concluding remarks: Putting reconstruction on track

Concluding remarks: Putting reconstruction on track

(p.303) Concluding remarks: Putting reconstruction on track
Rebuilding War-Torn States

Graciana del Castillo

Oxford University Press

The book concludes that because post-conflict economic reconstruction takes place amid the political, security, and social transitions it is fundamentally different from “development as usual”; that without the creation of dynamism and social inclusion in the economy peace will be elusive; and that the high chance countries have of reverting to war makes reconstruction a significant risk-high reward investment for the international community and the respective countries. Case studies presented in this book and elsewhere provide ample evidence that economic reconstruction is a critical but neglected aspect of transition to peace. A development as usual approach; the failure to develop a realistic comprehensive strategy for reconstruction; the lack of effective aid and technical assistance mechanisms; and the inexistence of appropriate and specific institutional arrangements to deal with reconstruction at the international and national levels have failed to help countries to stand on their own feet in peacetime.

Keywords:   economic dynamism, risk-high reward investment, transition to peace, aid mechanisms, technical assistance mechanisms, comprehensive strategy, reconstruction

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