The 2011 New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States recognizes that few fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) are on track to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. As a result, it calls on international actors and host state partners to transform their modus operandi in FCAS. Yet research suggests that Western official development assistance have been subordinated to security strategies in some war affected FCAS and that development results have been modest at best. Clearly, there is urgent need for evidence-based dialogue on Canadian engagement in different FCAS contexts.

This blog series emerged from a symposium held at the University of Ottawa on the development dimensions of Canada’s engagement in fragile states. It aims to create space for constructive, evidence-based policy dialogue on the development dimensions of Canadian engagement in FCAS.


Stephen Baranyi

Lessons from Canada’s Development Engagement in Fragile States

Stephen Baranyi, University of Ottawa


Julia Sanchez

Will it be a ‘New Deal’ or a ‘Raw Deal’ for FCAS?

Julia Sanchez, President-CEO, CCIC


Women South SudanLearning the Tricks of the Trade: Canada in South Sudan

Jennifer Salahub, North-South Institute, and Margaret Capelazo, CARE Canada


Malian mosque

Adapting to a Newly Fragile Environment:
Lessons from Mali

Steve Mason, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, and Katie McGregor, University of Ottawa


Deborah Stienstra

Making Disability Visible: Inclusive Reconstruction in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

Deborah Stienstra, University of Manitoba