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From Diagnostics to Decision-Making: Strengthening the Link Between Governance Analysis and IDA Strategy

Weaknesses in core government functioning remain a critical impediment to long-term development and reinforce cycles of fragility and poverty. While development portfolios have continued to grow in scope and ambition, the centrality of good governance…

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New Challenges, Risks and Opportunities for Effective Development

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the critical nature of effectively addressing state fragility. The goal is well known: forge pathways to self-reliance by building state institutional capacity and delivering inclusive social, economic and security outcomes…

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Adapting CDD/CLD Programming to COVID-19

Image courtesy of the Movement for Community Led Development. ISE is working with the Movement for Community Led Development, and community-led organizations globally, to discuss, collate and share ways in which community-led development (CLD) and community-driven…

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COVID-19 Makes the Case for Getting Development in Fragile States Right

Photo: World Bank Group This article originally appeared in Abt Associate’s Governance and Development Soapbox Blog By Nelly Mecklenburg and Jessica Mackenzie What does the COVID-19 response and commitments for more effective development in fragile states have…

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Communications and COVID-19: Fundamentals for Effective Government to Citizen Crisis Communications

Effective communications during a pandemic is critical as governments mobilize citizens to take action to protect public health. Done poorly, it can mean an erosion in trust, the immediate loss of lives and longer-term negative…

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State Function: Disaster Resilience
Insight & Analysis: State Effectiveness
Publication Type: Recovery and Resilience Notes
Clare Lockhart: Confronting the Governance Gap – Before, After and Beyond COVID-19

May 1, 2020 The COVID-19 crisis has put the strengths and weaknesses of governments around the world into sharp relief. In their immediate responses to the crisis, governments are being judged by the degree to…

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Mapping and Targeting Vulnerable Groups for Development and Relief Interventions

Relief and development organizations use various methodologies to map populations, households and individuals that are vulnerable to different shocks – economic and resource shocks, natural disasters and climate change, conflict and violence, health crises and…

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COVID-19 Economic Consequences, Resources and Effective Measures

The world is now responding to the greatest crisis since World War II and is in the midst of an unprecedented fiscal and monetary response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are massive amounts of resources…

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Follow-the-Money Corruption Cycle: Revealing National Accountability Failures

The consequence of systemic failure in national accountability systems is catastrophic corruption. Such corruption exists in the world, including in conflict-affected and fragile countries, resource rich countries, and aid-dependent countries. This Development Practice Note (DPN)…

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Re-examining the Terms of Aid

The goal of development in fragile states is well established: to help forge pathways out of fragility towards self-reliance and to deliver inclusive and sustainable social, economic, and security outcomes for citizens. The way to…

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Asset Maps

Rooted in its experience and expertise in state institutions, ISE has developed asset maps as a reframed perspective in which a country’s assets and opportunities are recognized as tools of progress, not static demonstrations of…

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Performance and Policy-Based Budgeting: How to Spot the Fakes

In the allocation of scarce public resources, good budgeting is an art and a skill. It is a core function of government, and as such, it is fundamentally a political process with many competing objectives.…

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