Elements for discussion: Development in an insecure world - new threats to human development and their implications for development policy
The objective of this collection of essays is to explore and offer policy options to address new threats to human security that transcend national boundaries and give rise to major development challenges in the contemporary world.
The essays specifically deal with the challenges of governance, terrorism, foreign direct investments, informal economies, environmental degradation, AIDS and other health threats, human trafficking, and illegal small arms and light weapons. In addition to analysing the current position concerning each subject area topic, the papers offer development policy options for dealing with the problems from the perspective of development cooperation.
The human insecurity that has resulted from these threats means that administering aid in the same way as before is unlikely to contribute to resolving the problems created by the threats. More importantly, the peace and prosperity of the whole world is at stake. Some of the essays argue that there is a need to review, and in some instances reorient, aid policy to better take the threats into account, coupling this with rethinking aid targeting, instruments, channels and methods. In some instances, it is more a question of implementing existing conventions and of putting the lessons learned into practice. At times, it is also about better coherence between security policy, trade policy and aid policy. In most cases, it is really more about political will than anything else.