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.

Forest, © UN Photo/Kibae Park

How will the economic crisis affect foreign aid, and can the global economy recover without worsening the food and climate crises?

UNU-WIDER / Aug 2012
Cotton, © Arne Hoel / World Bank

How does Paul Collier analyze the donor dilemma of aid effectiveness in fragile states?

UNU-WIDER / Jun 2012
© UN Photo/Martine Perret

Transitional justice processes often fail to adequately deal with gender issues.

UNU-WIDER / jul 2013
© Arne Hoel / World Bank

In Mozambique donors have shifted focus from project aid to budget support in an effort to reform the public sector and ‘justice, legality and publ...

UNU-WIDER / Jan 2014
Walking to school, © Arne Hoel/The World Bank

Economic aid helps countries transition to democracy but it is democracy aid which encourages consolidation.

UNU-WIDER / Aug 2012
Garri, © Arne Hoel/World Bank

While foreign aid has a positive impact on some aspects of Benin’s democracy it has failed to adequately enhance good governance, the rule of law,...

UNU-WIDER / Aug 2012

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