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.

Porraskoski rapid © Anu Laakso

Exciting research about the impact of aid on different sectors continues steadily from the ReCom project. This newsletter is an effort to present t...

Carl-Gustav Lindén / Aug 2012
Woman singing after voting in the polling station in Bondoukou © UN Photo/Hien Macline

What can donors do to help strengthen Malawi’s parliament, its political parties, and its civil liberties record?

UNU-WIDER / Aug 2012
Voting © UN Photo/Hien Macline

What has been the effect of development aid on Ghana's democracy and what still needs to change?

UNU-WIDER / Nov 2012
Prayer flags © Curt Carnemark / World Bank

Do different aid modalities really make a difference for how aid is spent?

UNU-WIDER / Jan 2013
© Curt Carnemark / World Bank

In Mali aid has had a positive impact on some areas of democratic consolidation such as strengthening the economy and civil society, election suppo...

UNU-WIDER / Jan 2014
© UN Photo/Martine Perret

Development practice continues to operate on the assumptions of an outdated theory of modernization.

UNU-WIDER / jul 2013