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  • Budget Reforms in Afghanistan— A Practitioner’s Perspective

    Facing critical challenges to its public financial management system, the Government of Afghanistan seized a window of opportunity to successfully craft a new budget process that prioritized reform sequencing, transparency, and public engagement, and laid the structural foundation for future budgets to adhere to international best practices. In this Development Practice Note, Former Afghan Deputy Minister of Finance Khalid Payenda offers insight on how practitioners can better write, adopt, and utilize budgets as the key tool for policymaking.

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  • Towards a Future Research Agenda in Fragile Contexts

    The challenge of addressing conditions of fragility remains central from the perspectives of development and security. Fragility is a shared problem for the research, policy, and implementation communities, but too often researchers fail to produce actionable insights for policymakers. In this paper, ISE proposes a renewed research agenda in fragile environments that focuses on the.. Read more

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  • Securing Stability through Peace Agreements 2019

    The recent increase in the number of major global conflicts calls for a re-examination of how such violence can end and how peace can be sustained. Although peace agreements have a mixed historical success, their frequent use and potential to set the structural and institutional conditions for inclusive peace cannot be ignored. Building on previous.. Read more

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  • Data in Government

    The massive proliferation of data has fundamentally changed the systems of modern governance and development. Leveraging sustainable and cohesive data ecosystems, and understanding the limits of data’s use, are unique challenges for country-led transformations that require ever-growing amounts of research, reporting, and interconnected programming. This paper outlines how governments can harness data to advance their.. Read more

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  • Community Driven Development Series

    Policymakers and the international community continue to struggle with how to deliver essential services, particularly in fragile states, in the context of violent conflict, inequality, pervasive corruption, and weak institutions. Community Driven Development (CDD), which places ownership with local communities to deliberate, prioritize, and monitor basic service projects via direct block grants, has been utilized.. Read more

  • Defragmentation: What Can Donors Do?

    This is a follow-up note to the ISE Development Practice Note on the
    consequences of donor-induced fragmentation, which argued that the way development partners have managed their ODA spending and development programs has resulted in what ISE termed “donor-induced fragmentation” of government accountability systems.

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  • Issue Brief: Re-examining the Terms of Aid

    The current terms of foreign assistance mean that it often falls short of the goal of supporting countries on their development paths. The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, endorsed in 2011, represents a significant breakthrough in changing this dynamic. However the New Deal has yet to fulfill its promise. In Re-Examining the Terms.. Read more

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