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.

Afghan students' coats hanging, © UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

In his WIDER working paper Richard Manning explains what he sees as the seven key stumbling blocks for aid effectiveness today.

UNU-WIDER / May 2012
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The motivation of central government intervention in land deals is two-fold - their actions can be explicitly motivated by politics and self-intere...

UNU-WIDER / Jan 2014
Pomegranates, © Flore de Préneuf/World Bank

How has the World Bank adapted its approach to providing urban assistance to African cities?

UNU-WIDER / Dec 2012
Student writing notes, © Curt Carnemark / World Bank

Paul Mosley shows fiscal performance is a crucial factor in determining the effectiveness of development aid in the long term.

UNU-WIDER / May 2012
Michael Woolcock, © UNU-WIDER

Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, the World Bank, discusses the concept and routes to aid effectiveness, capability traps, gove...

Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Developmen
Lant Pritchett, © UNU-WIDER

An interview with Professor Lant Pritchett from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, conducted during his visit to Helsinki to del...

Lant Pritchett, Professor, Kennedy Schoo