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.

© UN Photo/Staton Winter

The bulk of donor funding to Zambia is channelled to the executive through budget support, this has the potential to increase the concentration of...

UNU-WIDER / Dec 2013

Donors are concerned about how their aid is used, especially how it affects public spending.

Oliver Morrissey / Feb 2012

Promoting good governance is part of the strategy for most major development institutions, but the concept is still very contested. Rachel Gisselqu...

Gisselquist / Jan 2012

To meet development objectives, aid recipients and their donor partners need to effectively manage the macroeconomic effects of aid.

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© UN Photo/Martine Perret

How can the three goals of promoting development, adaptation to climate change, and climate change mitigation be addressed simultaneously?

UNU-WIDER / May 2013

The view that democracy can be good for development has held sway in influential international development policy circles for over two decades now....

Peter Burnell/ Dec 2011

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