ENC In-Depth (EaP Series): The role of development cooperation in the areas of protracted conflicts

Prior to a conference dedicated on the strategic advantages and limitations of the EU, UNDP, donors and development partners vis-à-vis protracted conflicts that was hosted by the Mission of Switzerland to the European Union in cooperation with UNDP, ENC Head Researcher for Eastern Europe & Central Asia Andreas Marazis met with Ms. Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova and Mr. Niels Scott, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia. Emphasis was given on the role of development cooperation in the areas of protracted conflicts and more specifically in Georgia and Moldova.

Following faithfully the guidelines set up by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNDP is involved in various capacity building projects together with other donors such as the EU in an effort to strengthening the collaboration of opposite sides in both countries. It encourages dialogue between Moldova and Transnistria, and between Georgia and South Ossetia and Abkhazia, while emphasising on the engagement of youth and women in peacebuilding initiatives.

The In-Depth discussion is part of ENC’s EaP Series of interviews and podcast meetings dedicated to developments in the Eastern Partnership area in the fields of Security, Foreign Policy, Economy, Democracy and Education.