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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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  • Singapore: Evolution of an Entrepot

    Singapore has undergone a remarkable transition since gaining statehood. ISE examines the sequence of priorities and drivers fueling its economic growth from a post-colonial city into a center of industry and trade.

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  • Insights from Social Psychology

    ISE and CMI meet with UCLA Professor Matthew Lieberman to discuss how cognitive neuroscience can contribute to peace-building and citizenship efforts.

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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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  • 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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  • Preparing for a Syrian Transition: Trust Funds

    This note considers the application of a multi-donor trust fund (MDTF) to a possible Syrian transition. Firstly, it considers how an MDTF could act as the primary funding mechanism for short-term emergency support. Secondly, it considers how a longer-term fund could anticipate and support the rebuilding process until Syrian government revenue streams and institutions regain.. Read more

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