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  • A Ten-Year Framework for Afghanistan

    This paper argues that the Afghan government should prioritize specific institutional state functions to bolster its military governance and economic capacity. These are: rule of law and public finance; market building; infrastructure and social policy; and public borrowing. It then sets out how a proposed new US strategy could support these aims, detailing key elements.. Read more

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  • Afghanistan: Rebuilding Our Nation

    This article reviews the six priority subprograms selected as top national priorities for donor funding, at the start of the Afghan reconstruction process. These programs targeted: solidarity and emergency employment; primary health and education; transport; water resource investment; urban infrastructure; and governance infrastructure. For each program, the paper describes its rationale, needs assessment process, financing.. Read more

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  • Country Report: Sudan

    This paper considers the prospects of peace for Southern Sudan and how it would enable major economic development. It examines the nature of the challenge, current assets, major stakeholders and urgent issues.  It then outlines how three alternative scenarios might emerge. It advocates government’s introduction of a six-year goal, divided into specific annual targets with.. Read more

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  • Guinea-Bissau: Translating Potential into Reality

    Current approaches in the Guinea-Bissau reached an impasse as the government struggled to balance competing urgent needs, the population’s desire for tangible change, and longer term institutional reform. This paper suggests a new approach whose central aims are state, market and civil society building. It proposes a set of short-term priorities, highlights opportunities for the.. Read more

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  • Haiti: Consolidating Peace, Security and Development

    An acknowledged need for a new approach among the Haiti aid complex informs this study of Haiti, and how it can create and consolidate credible institutions. This paper sets out targeted suggestions for achieving this, and identifies the key areas for improving partnerships between donors and government.

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  • How to Help Haiti Rebuild

    Foreign policy magazine invited five experts on nation building, economic development and emergency aid – including ISE’s Clare Lockhart – to share lessons and advice for Haiti, whose multibillion dollar fund set up in the wake of the 2010 earthquake offers hope for change. This paper sets out ISE’s recommendations to the international donor community.. Read more

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  • Kosovo: Developing a Strategy for the Future

    This paper describes the challenges facing Kosovo at a pivotal moment in its history, and explains why its institutions were short of capacity, legitimacy and trust. On the basis that EU accession was the country’s long-term goal, it advocates a backward-mapping strategy to outline the path to that goal and assesses implications of such a.. Read more

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