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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…

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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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State Function: Citizen Engagement
Insight & Analysis: Fragility & Peace
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…

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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.…

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Governance

For the last two decades there has been consensus on the centrality of governance to countries’ ability to provide security, prosperity and well-being for their citizens. The promotion of good governance, however, particularly in developing…

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Security

Security sector reform is a major challenge for all countries.  Security institutions are not always well aligned with national requirements, either in terms of overall capacity, or in terms of relative balance and disposition of security…

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure investment sets countries’ opportunities and constraints. High-quality infrastructure production and ongoing maintenance is vital for the security, economic growth and livelihoods of citizens. Worldwide, inadequate delivery of quality infrastructure impedes nations at all levels…

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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…

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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…

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Making States

In fragile or failing states, destitution and marginalisation prevent citizens from taking part in economic and political life, and large swathes of territory can fall under the control of militias. State-building is still a viable…

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State Function: Governance
Insight & Analysis: State Effectiveness