Governance & Fragility

Governance & Fragility

Governance has become a major concern for both donors and aid recipient countries since the late 1980s. Very poor quality governance is also one of the defining characteristics of state fragility, and social unrest and violence may both exacerbate and be caused by weak institutions. Our work draws on some 80 studies prepared by UNU-WIDER’s global network.

People carrying water, © Jonathan Ernst/The World Bank

Aid has had a significant positive effect on growth in Sierra Leone during the period from 1970 to 2007, but the size of the effect differs accordi...

UNU-WIDER / May 2012
Trader works on the floor of the Ghana Stock Exchange, © Jonathan Ernst/World Bank

The global financial crisis is likely to increase debt and reduce aid in Sub-Saharan Africa. What effect will this have on public expenditure criti...

UNU-WIDER / Oct 2012
Constructing New Roads, © Deshan Tennekoon/World Bank

To what extent can donor coordination cut costs and improve the allocation of aid?

UNU-WIDER / Nov 2012

Sexual violence crime (SV) in wartime is not a new phenomenon.

Malokele Nanivazo / April 2012

During the last month, three democracies in Africa witnessed incumbent presidents exit office in very different ways. The most dramatic was in Mali...

Danielle Resnick / April 2012
© UN Photo/Hien Macline

Development aid was effective in promoting democratic transitions during the 1990s in African countries beset by economic crisis domestic disconten...

UNU-WIDER / Dec 2013