• Haiti: Escaping the Crisis Trap

    Four years after a devastating earthquake, the reconstruction of Haiti remains far from completion. Although billions of dollars in aid have flowed into the country, Haitians feel the outcomes have not matched the promises made. This paper analyzes the issues underlying the failures of the international aid system in Haiti and argues that Haiti should.. Read more

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  • Net Zero

    The US Development Agenda, in the face of setbacks, has suffered budget cuts and criticism. It’s inefficiencies do not come from a lack of goodwill, though; rather failures are largely due to a “top-down” aid approach. America can revitalize its international outreach with more local consultation driving the process.

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  • Securing Stable and Peaceful Societies in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

    A statement in the Thematic Debate on peace and security chaired by John Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly. The nexus between stability and development is well-established, and the seriousness with which the UN is approaching peace-building is encouraging. Both security and stability derive from the implementation of development processes. Institutional accountability, inclusive processes,.. Read more

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  • The Arab World Must Invest In Its Greatest Asset – Young People

    As 2016 ends, the Arab world find itself witnessing battles in the ancient cities of Mosul and Aleppo, with uncertain futures for Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya – and those are just the countries with active armed conflicts. Other parts of the region face the challenges of economic stagnation or internal unrest. And still, we must.. Read more

  • The Consequences of Donor-Induced Fragmentation

    Donor-induced fragmentation of public financial management systems reduces reputation risk, but it unambiguously increases development risk – the longer-term risk of not achieving development objectives. This Development Practice Note proposes a four-part solution for dealing with this risk.

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  • What Determines the Quality of Public Finance Systems?

    Why do some ministries of finance around the world consistently deliver good results, while others cannot make much progress? This Development Practice Note looks at the three most common answers to that question, and explains why only one is correct.

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  • What is Team-Based Performance Management and How Does it Work?

    When a government adopts a team-based performance management approach, it sends the powerful message that the state values institutional culture as the primary determinant of performance. This Development Practice Note explains how a team-based approach can improve performance and efficiency across government, with a focus on its use in Ministries of Finance.

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