Education and Conflict

Invitation May 22The IS Academie Education and International Development organised a public lecture titled Education and Conflict: Dimension of Fragility and Dutch Policy Perspectives on Peacebuilding on the 22nd of May at the University of Amsterdam.

Conceptualising and measuring fragility: Implications for education
Framed by the debate around the relationship between conflict, fragility and educational outcomes, the lecture explores the ways in which state fragility is defined and measured by international aid actors. There is a strong relationship between state fragility and changes in educational enrolment rates, but with little clarity around the concept of state fragility the policy implications of this relationship are unclear. Using multidimensional scaling, Julia Paulson (Bath Spa University) and Robin Shields (University of Bath) present a conceptual map of donor definitions of state fragility across the dimensions of legitimacy, conflict, development and governance and highlight implications for education with particular reference to Dutch partner countries. [to view the presentation, please click here]


Education in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries: Dutch Policy Perspective
Education is a crucial element to peacebuilding and fostering more cohesive societies. Considering the recent shift in Dutch development policy and phasing out of bilateral educational programs, Ronald Siebes (Dutch Ministry or Foreign Affairs) discusses how education’s role in peacebuilding fits into the Dutch agenda. After presenting an overview of past policy instruments in education and peacebuilding, he will further elaborate on the upcoming post-2015 agenda both on the global and national level. [to view the presentation, please click here]

IS Academie Education and International Development is thankful to Marketa Sostakova and Patricia Silva who volunteered in organising this event, and have been great assistance.

For more information, please send an email to Mariëlle Le Mat (