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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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  • 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 by 2030. Fragile and conflict-affected states present a particular challenge to this effort. This paper examines the nature of development.. Read more

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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 process, but it requires long-term commitments and a focus on the functions of an effective government.  This paper considers how.. Read more

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  • 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 also changed. The challenge now is balancing state, market and civil society in the light of these evolving concepts to.. Read more

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  • An Institutional Framework for Natural Resource Management: Chapter 7 of Natural Riches? Perspectives on Responsible Natural Resources Management in Conflict-Affected Countries

    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 sector rooted in rule of law, managed with transparency, clarity and consistency. Collaboration between governments, NGOs, community organizations, industry associations.. Read more

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