SOAS University of London

The "Appalling" Reality of Health in Fragile States

26 June 2009
The urgency and political complexity of improving health in fragile states was discussed at LIDC during the launch of a new online resource exploring the topic. Speakers from academia, government and the charity sector referred to the Health and Fragile States Dossier as they analysed the immense problems of working in difficult contexts. This included Dr Jonathan Goodhand, Senior Lecturer in Development Practices at SOAS.

Dr Goodhand stressed the need to differentiate between different types of fragility, such as the reality in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. He also contested the assumed reciprocity of state-building and peace-building, commenting that state-building is a “highly conflictual process.” Likewise, he challenged the common idea that fragile states and conflict are internal/domestic problems with external/international solutions.

Speakers suggested strategies to improve health and also challenged assumptions about state-building and peace-building at the event on 18 June. To find out more about the topics discussed visit LIDC website.