The Institute for Integrated Transitions
The Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) is a new international initiative. It is the first nongovernmental organisation dedicated to the integration of policymaking in the areas of democracy, development, rule of law and security in periods of political transition in fragile and conflict-affected states.
Based in Barcelona and currently in its startup phase with the support of a range of public and private donors, IFIT aims to help fill an important gap. Its core business will be to consider all, and not only some, of the essential policy elements for successful transition; it will be explicitly mandated to examine and advise on linkages between those elements in the context of specific transitions; it will enjoy operational independence and rapid-response capacity; and it will house a permanent “crack team” of transition experts who, working with field-based country managers and a network of external partners, will offer customised advice and support to domestically-led transitions. The team will comprise renowned expert-practitioners from each of the main areas of policymaking relevant to successful transition: democracy, development, rule of law and security.
IFIT will focus its field work primarily at the national level, engaging with credible policymakers and leading civil society actors. It will seek to reduce the often scatter-shot approach to seeking advice in times of transition, acting as a source of integrated advice and assistance for national actors on what they consider to be their most important transitional challenges and priorities. IFIT will at the same time offer strategic advice to donor states and multilateral agencies that can improve their efforts at policy coherence across agencies and borders, while also establishing operational partnerships with leading international NGOs, thinktanks and academic centres that will collaborate in the Institute’s national-level activities.
Through its global work, IFIT will aim to develop an institutional knowledge and body of research that can help make possible the more evidence-based approaches at integration that global policymakers have long sought.