ReCom results meeting: Challenges in Fragility and Governance

Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 08:30 to 16:30

© UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

Foreign aid was originally conceived as technical and financial support to fairly stable countries pursuing a rapid ‘take-off’ to create development and prosperity. Many years later the task has proven to be much more difficult. Some poor countries are unstable, most are thoroughly unique and the changes needed are deeply political. Despite the difficult conditions, examples of successful aid-supported activities exist. What characterizes these successes and which conclusions should we draw from them in relation to current aid practices?

This ReCom Results Meeting presents conclusions from a number of studies on what works in foreign aid to fragile situations and governance. In particular, it seeks to identify the dilemmas that decision makers need to address to strengthen aid’s contribution to poverty reduction and development. Thus, the purpose of the meeting is:


  • To present evidence of development cooperation that appears to work in relation to fragility and governance
  • To confront policy makers with evidence-based dilemmas and inconveniences in development cooperation

The meeting is organised in two parts: During four sessions in the morning, conclusions from ten studies are presented and discussed (in English). In the afternoon, policy makers are confronted with the most important points emphasising evidence questioning contemporary ideas about effective foreign aid (in Danish).

Meeting venue

12C Hjørringgade, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Senior Researcher
Danish Institute for International Studies
+45 32 698 695