Statebuilding and peacebuilding

Statebuilding and peacebuilding


How to use this guide

This Topic Guide supplement, Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Situations of Conflict and Fragility, can be read online usng the links at the top of this page. Alternatively, the full supplement can be downloaded as a PDF, revised July 2014 (804 KB).

About this guide

Statebuilding and peacebuilding, while conceptually distinct, are becoming more closely integrated in academic and policy circles. This Topic Guide supplement is one of two supplements that explore this development:

  • Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Situations of Conflict and Fragility looks at the links (and tensions) between statebuilding and peacebuilding, how these activities interact, and how they can be approached in practice.
  • State-Society Relations and Citizenship in Situations of Conflict and Fragility looks at concepts of state-society relations, civic trust, citizenship and socio-political cohesion in relation to statebuilding and peacebuilding.

These publications highlight key issues and debates for each topic covered and identify relevant references. They are to be read in conjunction with the GSDRC’s Conflict and Fragile States Topic Guides, in particular the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding chapters. Links to relevant sections of these and other chapters of the guides are highlighted throughout. These supplements were written by Huma Haider (GSDRC).

This topic guide was written by Huma Haider (GSDRC, University of Birmingham) and updated in July 2014 by Anna Strachan (GSDRC, Institute of Development Studies). The GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Alina Rocha Menochal (Overseas Development Institute); Alex Stevens (DFID) and Anna Miles (DFID). Comments, questions or documents can be sent to

Suggested citation:
Haider, H. (2014). Statebuilding and peacebuilding in situations of conflict and fragility. Revised edition with A. Strachan. Birmingham: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.