Policy Coherence for Peace in Practice: German Government Action in Mali and Niger
In 2017, the German Federal Government adopted the policy guidelines Preventing Crises, Managing Conflicts, Promoting Peace, whose principles are intended to serve as strategic compass for Germany’s engagement in (post-)conflict and crises settings. But what relevance do these principles have in practice? And how coherent with them is German government action on the ground? The aim of the study “Policy coherence for peace in practice” is to evaluate to what extent and why German government action aligns (or not) with the principles set out in the policy guidelines. Focusing on two case study countries – Mali and Niger – the study examines in how far German cooperation in both countries follows these guidelines and which factors contribute to or inhibit policy coherence for peace. The study also explores the perception of (in)coherence on the part of local civil society in Mali and Niger. The study is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Abdoul Karim Saidou from the Centre pour la Gouvernance Démocratique (CGD) in Burkina Faso and Baba Dakono from the Observatoire citoyen sur la Gouvernance et la Sécurité (OCGS) in Mali. Empirical insights will draw on a kick-off workshop as well as interviews with representatives from different German ministries and civil society organizations in Germany as well as field research in Mali and Niger. The study is conducted on behalf of the Advisory Board to the Federal Government for Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding.