Introducing the
New Deal
for engagement in fragile states
Wani Buyu Dyori
Undersecretary for Economic Planning
Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
Overview of Presentation
This fragility assessment workshop is part of our work to
implement the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States
,here in South Sudan.
As some of you are unfamiliar with the New Deal, I will
now provide a brief overview before we commence our
1. Where does the New Deal come from?
2. What does it say?
3. How is the Republic of South Sudan
The Origins of the New Deal:
the role of the g7+
• The New Deal was developed by the g7+, a group of 17
fragile and conflict-affected countries, of which South
Sudan is a founding member.
• Despite diverse political, cultural, religious, and social
contexts and histories, the g7+ have discovered
innumerable commonalities with each other.
• Through peer sharing and lessons learned, their successes
and failures inform a better understanding of the necessary
steps for transitioning from fragility to stability.
• By speaking through a unified voice, the g7+ has given postconflict countries a new platform for engaging with
international actors.
The Origins of the New Deal:
Busan Forum on Aid Effectiveness
• Every three years since 2002, donor and recipient Governments have
gathered together at the High-level Forums on Aid Effectiveness. These
forums are decisive in building international consensus on how aid should
be delivered.
• The fourth and latest forum was held in Busan, South Korea, in November
2011. Representatives from MOFEP and MOFA&IC were in attendance.
• In Busan, it emerged that whilst
significant global progress had been
made towards aid effectiveness
targets, the worlds poorest and
most fragile countries were being
left behind. They require special
• Through their advocacy efforts, the
g7+ secured the endorsement of
the New Deal for engagement in
Fragile States by over 40 countries
and international organisations.
The New Deal – what does it say?
• Although many of the g7+ countries are rich in resources, they
remain the poorest and most vulnerable to internal and
external shocks, have the lowest indicators of all developing
countries, and will not achieve any of the Millennium
Development Goals
• In these countries, processes of political dialogue often fail
due to lack of trust, and international partners can often
bypass Government systems and provide aid in a way that
supports short-term fixes at the expense of long-term capacity
building & systems strengthening.
• Transitioning out of fragility is a long, political process that
requires country leadership and ownership.
• The New Deal therefore asserts that Peacebuilding and
Statebuilding should form the cornerstone of all development
efforts in fragile and post-conflict countries.
The Peace- and Statebuilding Goals:
As a prerequisite to achieving the MDGs, the New Deal says
that development assistance in fragile and post-conflict
countries should focus on achieving 5 peace- and
statebuilding goals (PSGs):
Legitimate Politics
II. Security
III. Justice
IV. Economic Foundations
V. Revenues & Services
The TRUST commitments
The New Deal also proposes a set of TRUST commitments:
Risk Sharing and Risk Management
Use and Strengthen Country Systems
Strengthen Capacities
Timely and predictable aid
These promote better management of resources on the part of
donors and Governments.
FOCUS: tools for implementing
the New Deal
The New Deal proposes a set of tools and strategies for
implementing the New Deal.
Fragility Spectrum
Will be developed from this fragility
assessment workshop
One vision, one plan
The South Sudan Development Plan (SSDP)
serves as our plan
A compact will be developed over the next
few months and presented in South Africa
Use PSGs to monitor progress
Indicators for the PSGs will be identified in
this workshop and over the coming weeks
during the fragility assessment
Support political dialogue and
South Sudan is committed to this, and has
brought together central and State
Government today for this purpose
The New Deal in South Sudan
• South Sudan is a founding member of the g7+ and has been actively
involved ever since. In October 2011 we hosted an international g7+
retreat in Juba, where the key components of the New Deal were
agreed upon.
• South Sudan is now one of the pilot countries for New Deal
implementation, and for developing indicators to measure fragility.
This means we will be working with our partners to put the New Deal
into practice, and will report on our findings to the international
• We held a launch workshop on 10th August to begin to build
awareness of the new deal among a variety of stakeholders.
• We are now undertaking a fragility assessment, to identify the causes,
features and drivers of fragility and conflict and the sources of
resilience within a country.
• Consulting a wide range of stakeholders is essential if the fragility
assessment is to be truly representative, which is why we are holding
this workshop.

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