The UK’s Approach to Linking Development and Security: Assessing Policy and Practice

  • Leni Wild
  • Samir Elhawary
Part of the Rethinking International Development Series book series (RID)


Security and development are increasingly recognized as intertwined. As a result, the notion that ‘there can be no development without security and no security without development’ has pervaded much of the United Kingdom’s development discourse since the mid- to late 1990s. The concept has been at the heart of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq. The 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review stressed the importance of tackling conflict and instability and emphasized the centrality of development assistance in this effort. In addition, several of the countries selected for an increase in development aid from 2011 — Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen — are sites of actual or potential conflict and security threats.


Development Assistance Coalition Government Fragile State Link Development Security Sector Reform 
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