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Fernanda Faria

Fernanda Faria is an independent consultant working mainly on issues related to peacebuilding and statebuilding policies in fragile states, including security and development policy responses, particularly in the context of EU-Africa relations. She has conducted field work, policy analysis, and consultation processes on these themes, namely for the EU and OECD in central African states and Guinea-Bissau. She co-authored a study for the 2007 Portuguese Presidency of the EU entitled Situations of fragility: challenges for a European response strategy a nd has written about the role of the EU in crisis management in Africa. Faria is programme associate at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in Maastricht and associate researcher at the Institute for Security and International Studies (IEEI) in Lisbon. 

Research areas:  Global trends

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Rethinking policy responses on fragile states
Broken glass by sheshoo in Flickr Fernanda Faria 11 July 2011
The evolving policy discourse on fragile states has covered many of the criticisms made of the concept itself and its policy implications, including the need to be context specific, build on local systems of governance, engage for the long-term and beyond state institutions, and consider how having an international presence affects int... more  
Fragile states: a fluid concept for peacebuilding and statebuilding
Broken window by Steve Snodgrass in Flickr Fernanda Faria 6 July 2011
The “fragile states” concept is widely used in peacebuilding and statebuilding. Yet the term itself, as well as its use, is the topic of considerable debate. There is no internationally agreed definition of what is meant by fragile states. The term encompasses a number of partially overlapping yet distinct notions and labels. The model... more  

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