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Conflict, Security, and Development

April 21, 2011

Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank:  “…the effects of violence in one area can spread to other parts of the world, hurting development prospects of others and impeding economic prospects for entire regions.”

This forms a theme in this year’s  World Development Report 2011.  Recent events in the Middle East and Northern Africa reveal a major issue obstructing development in many parts of the world—conflict and security.

While this regional drama continues to dominate the news cycle, it is part of a larger story that touches the lives of more than 1.5 billion people who live in countries affected by  political or criminal violence—from developing countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia to some high-income countries.   

The World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development draws on the analysis of researchers and the experience of policy-makers in the development community, the United Nations system and the world’s regional institutions. Together they provide an extraordinary wealth of insight on the political, security, and economic dimensions of conflict reduction.

The 368 page report can be downloaded from the World Bank site, and can also be ordered in print in hard ($50) or soft ($26) cover. ISBN: 9780821384398

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