Research and Development Innovations for Concepts, Policy & Practice

  • An Agenda for Harnessing Globalization

    Globalization offers the tantalizing prospect of limitless wealth creation, and yet billions are currently excluded from participating in its benefits. This paper advocates creating inclusive mechanisms for global prosperity and global stability. It argues that without promoting such a strategy, the current wave of globalization risks failure. It identifies five key issues that global institutions.. Read more

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  • Development Effectiveness in Situations of Fragility and Conflict

    Consensus is emerging on the centrality of state-building to development. At an operational level, however, the differing mandates and priorities of different donors are resulting in fragmented approaches – increasing the strain on already fragile state institutions. As a result, process and outcome are often confused and because of the difficulty in developing evaluation mechanisms,.. Read more

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  • Ending Extreme Poverty in Fragile and Conflict-affected Situations

    Background Research Paper Submitted to the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda set the key task for global development to end extreme poverty by 2030. Fragile and conflict-affected states present a particular challenge to this effort. This paper examines the nature of development.. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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