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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
Citizenship

Citizens as National and Global Stakeholders Conceptions of citizenship have evolved beyond the boundaries of the nation state to encompass relationships across multiple organizations and global actors. In the process traditional rules and rights have…

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State Function: Citizen Engagement
Insight & Analysis: Citizen Engagement
Topic: Customary Law and Governance
An Institutional Framework for Natural Resource Management

Governments can most successfully manage their natural resources when they understand the potential of these assets set against the larger economic, social and environmental goals of the country. They can then seek to nurture a…

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Economic Tools Mapping: Development Credit Authority of USAID

Borrowers in developing countries often have restricted access to capital because risk-averse financial institutions refuse to look beyond their overall country risk profiles.  The Development Credit Authority (DCA) developed by USAID presents an innovative solution.…

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State Function: Market Engagement
Insight & Analysis: Market Building
Topic: International Development Finance
Publication Type: Economic Tools
The Case of Transformation in Mozambique

Mozambique is now one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. What were the key steps in its path from Civil War, through one party state system and centrally planned socialist economy, to multiparty constitutional democracy? How…

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Economic Tools Mapping: Crop Insurance

Crop insurance programs aim to redistribute risk and reduce agricultural sector volatility, helping to mitigate the many environmental and market risks that impact farmers’ incomes. This note examines the potential benefits of crop insurance programs…

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State Function: Market Engagement
Insight & Analysis: Market Building
Topic: International Development Finance, Agriculture
Regions: Americas
Location: India, Argentina
Publication Type: Economic Tools