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/Martine Perret

Current development practice focuses too much on the form institutions take, at the expense of worrying about function.

UNU-WIDER / jul 2013
Ballot papers, © UN Photo

This seminar addresses whether and how foreign aid has impacted the democratic trajectories of countries within sub-Saharan Africa.

UNU-WIDER / Aug 2012
Launch of collaboration for joint University of Ghana, © UNU-WIDER

ReCom highlights in the WIDERAngle June - July 2012 issue.

UNU-WIDER / June 2012
WIDERAngle May 2012, © UNU-WIDER

ReCom highlights in the WIDERAngle May 2012 issue.

WIDERAngle / May 2012
House and flooding street © UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The donor community is becoming increasingly focused on two goals; increasing aid supply and improving aid effectiveness. A recent WIDER working pa...

UNU-WIDER / Oct 2012
Nicolas van de Walle, © UNU-WIDER

The intricate dynamic between foreign aid to Africa, democratic transitions and consolidation is the topic of a series of research papers being pub...

Nicolas van de Walle, Professor, Cornell