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/Kibae Park

The project brings together economists and political scientists to investigate the use of field experiments in the study of governance, and their l...

UNU-WIDER / Jan 2013
Buildings, Haiti © Dominic Chavez / World Bank

An integral part of development is the expansion of capability of the state to carry out its responsibilities and effectively both impose obligatio...

UNU-WIDER / Jan 2013
Facade of a housing estate © Yuri Kozyrev / World Bank

What are the barriers to effectiveness of civil service in developing countries? How can effective civil service reform policies be designed?

UNU-WIDER / Jan 2013
Urban View: Traffic in Hanoi © UN Photo/Kibae Park

With Africa’s increasing urbanization, governments and local authorities - supported by donors - are under pressure to provide better urban service...

UNMIS Delivers Ballot Materials to Tali Payam © UN Photo/Tim McKulka

Foreign aid can exhibit multiple impacts on a developing country’s political economy.

UNU-WIDER / Dec 2012
Danielle Resnick © UNU-WIDER

UNU-WIDER Fellow and ReCom programme Governance and Fragility theme leader Danielle Resnick explains the logic and findings of the research project...

Danielle Resnick, Research Fellow, UNU-W