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  • Nepal: Overcoming Distrust in the Market

    Despite Nepal’s economic potential, disagreement on forming an enabling environment for business is entrenching informal and corrupt rules. This impedes licit businesses, restricting trade and investment. This article proposes how the government should partner with the private sector, which key issues it should focus on and in what sequence. Finally, it sets out preliminary ideas.. Read more

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  • Nepal: From Stalemate to State-Building

    This paper considers how to resolve Nepalese political stalemate. It argues that progress on constitution-making requires agreement on core constitutional principles to underpin it. It then sets out recommendations to catalyze positive change, overcoming narrow interests to serve a broader agenda.

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  • Nepal: From Politics to Progress

    This paper considers how, at an ‘open moment’ in its history, Nepal might meet the challenge of moving from slogan to implementation. It suggests national programs have a role to play in facilitating this process by supporting government functions. It emphasizes the centrality of economics to a successful transformation and proposes an integrated plan for.. Read more

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  • National Development Framework for Afghanistan

    This paper focuses on the National Development Framework, explaining how it provides the foundation for a comprehensive national strategy and promotes the national budget as the central instrument of policy. It considers the three main pillars of the Framework strategy: foundations for advancing human capital; building physical infrastructure to stimulate private sector-led growth; and harnessing.. 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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  • Implementation of the Public Financial Management Roadmap II – The Inaugural 5-Year Rolling Plan

    This is the inaugural 5-year rolling Fiscal Performance Improvement Plan by the Government of Afghanistan. It is the vehicle for the implementation of the Public Finance Management Roadmap II and presents a sequenced team based plan for reforms within a performance management framework. The development of this plan has been a Government driven process with.. Read more

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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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