Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding

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Auditorium A2 | Maison de la paix, Geneva

Book Launch in collaboration with the Global Governance Centre (GGC)

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This book launch event features Dr. Susanna Campbell who will be presenting her first single-authored book, Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Why do international peacebuilding organizations sometimes succeed and sometimes fail, even within the same country? Bridging the gaps between the peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and global governance scholarship, this book argues that international peacebuilding organizations repeatedly fail because they are accountable to global actors, not to local institutions or people. International peacebuilding organizations can succeed only when country-based staff bypass existing accountability structures and empower local stakeholders to hold their global organizations accountable for achieving local-level peacebuilding outcomes. In other words, the innovative, if seemingly wayward, actions of individual country-office staff are necessary to improve peacebuilding performance. Using in-depth studies of organizations operating in Burundi over a fifteen-year period, combined with fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, South Sudan, and Sudan, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of international relations, African studies, and peace and conflict studies as well as policymakers.

About the author

Susanna Campbell is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service. She is currently finishing her second book, Aid in Conflict. Prof. Campbell has led evaluations of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank and has worked for the Council on Foreign Relations and UNICEF. She received her PhD from Tufts University in 2012 and was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and The Graduate Institute in Geneva.