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.

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A packed day with a strong combination of background research and preparation, and a combination of schematic papers—particularly those from the PD...

Roger Williamson / Oct 2013
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When intervening, international actors should we wary of undermining state capacity by disincentivizing national leaders from investing in institut...

UNU-WIDER / Oct 2013
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Kosovo and East Timor share many similar characteristics, and yet they have had divergent results in post-conflict state building.

UNU-WIDER / Oct 2013
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A secure environment is an important component of successful economic development initiatives.

UNU-WIDER / Oct 2013
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Fragile states—which have low state capacity and often high levels of poverty—are home to one-third of the world’s poor.

UNU-WIDER / Oct 2013

UNU-WIDER's ReCom programme is centred around four core questions: what works, what could work, what is scalable, and what is transferrable in fore...

UNU-WIDER / Sep 2013

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