Research and Development Innovations for Concepts, Policy & Practice

  • Writing the History of the Future: Securing Stability through Peace Agreements

    Peace agreements are a pivotal moment in the transition from long-running conflict to the establishment of a functioning state. Often perceived as offering a clean slate from which to start again, post-conflict conditions often present the hardest environments for institutional reform. This paper argues that the more protracted the conflict, the more the conflict takes.. Read more

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  • The Aid Relationship in Afghanistan: Struggling for Government Leadership

    This case study explores how, during the transitional years of 2001 to 2006, Afghan authorities shaped their ‘aid relationship’ with the international community. It describes the strategies, frameworks, policies and systems to manage aid that the Afghan authorities and donors adapted or invented. It assesses those initiatives’ impact on domestic and donor policy, identifying the.. Read more

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  • Stability, State-Building and Development Assistance: An Outside Perspective

    This paper proposes making state-building the central goal of development engagement and aid distribution. It examines the recent record of development agencies to map the processes for aid implementation in practice. Firstly, it considers the US Government Accountability Office perspective, then secondly that of the Ministry of Finance in Afghanistan. Drawing on these contrasting perspectives,.. Read more

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  • Recent Experiences in Linking Diplomatic Peacemaking with Development Efforts

    Not only does the international community lack understanding of how to operate in fragile contexts, it often fails to diagnose its own role in perpetuating the problems it is seeking to resolve. This paper argues that although coordination within donor governments is necessary, this alone is insufficient; a “whole of system” rather than “whole of.. Read more

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  • New Models for Engaging in Fragile States

    Recommendations from the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Fragile States The citizens of fragile states are not waiting for change; they now take to the streets demanding inclusion in decision-making and marketplace opportunities. They need new models for creating accountable institutions, market-friendly environments and systems for social justice, security and prosperity. How can.. Read more

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  • How to Re-Model European Aid

    This paper advocates remodelling Europe’s aid system to make it cost less and deliver more. It proposes a system whereby countries receive support according to their implementation of institutional change over the medium to longer term. The rationale is that many governments, formerly propped up by superpower protagonists during the Cold War, no longer perform.. Read more

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  • Global Compact or Divided World

    This paper considers the path of inclusion as the means for consolidating consensus over democracy and capitalism. It identifies key issues from a European perspective, including the unfinished agenda of Russia, managing globalization, Europe’s role towards the Middle East and the problems of failed states in general – and advocates an entrepreneurial approach for the.. Read more

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