What approaches contribute to sustainable capacity development in fragile state contexts? Stabilizing the governance infrastructure in post-conflict situations sometimes requires the outsourcing of nearly all government roles in the early stages of recovery. With many development initiatives driven by external actors, it is nonetheless critical for such interventions to support the transition to country-owned and country-led development by strengthening emerging capacity where it crystallizes.
Building on Issue 32 of Capacity.org, this page aims to showcase best practice by development organizations and donors, as well as inspiring casestudies that highlight the importance of strengthening community-led initiatives to foster peace and development in such contexts.
Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC): Strengthening capacity in the area of governance, conflict and social development
Funded by the UK Department for International Development, GSDRC aims to help reduce poverty by informing policymaking and enhancing professional knowledge in relation to governance, conflict and social development. Services provided by the Resource Centre include an extensive publications database with helpful policy-oriented summaries of each document highlighting the major findings. An interesting feature is a Q&A section where detailed responses to research helpdesk enquiries are published.
The GSDRC topic guide on fragile states introduces some of the best literature on the causes, characteristics and impact of state fragility and the challenge of aid effectiveness and lessons learned from international engagement in these contexts. It is intended primarily as a reference guide for policymakers.
Below, you can read the latest resources in this area, drawn from GSDRC's topic feed.Website:http://www.gsdrc.org/
Tue, 22 Sep 2015
The spotlight is on financing to address crisis, vulnerability and risk as never before. This report provides the evidence to better understand how to meet the urgent challenge of meeting rising humanitarian needs with limited resources, and to inform the number of global processes taking place in 2015 and 2016 including Financing for Development and the […]
Fri, 18 Sep 2015
This Topic Guide draws on lessons from programmes and case studies to explore which types of economic development interventions can be effective in FCAS and which factors have contributed to successes and failures.
Thu, 20 Aug 2015
Effective Public Financial Management (PFM) in fragile states is a critical foundation for basic economic governance and in establishing the performance, legitimacy and accountability of functional states. Extreme poverty is increasingly located in these countries, which face multiple challenges of ongoing conflict, instability and resource constraints, both financial and human. A June 2015 summary ICAI […]
Mon, 3 Aug 2015
This independent report commissioned by members of the G7 calls for action on climate and fragility risk. It highlights risks and policy gaps that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in three key sectors: climate change adaptation; development and humanitarian aid; and peacebuilding. The report suggests concrete action from G7 member countries […]
Thu, 30 Jul 2015
The Gulf of Guinea is rich in oil and gas, and a major international trade route. While oil wealth in the context of weak governance and under-development is creating tensions leading to criminality and violence, high geostrategic stakes provide the incentives for national, regional and international actors to seek solutions. This rapid literature review analyses […]
Wed, 22 Apr 2015
This report offers a new tool for assessing fragility that is more comprehensive than the traditional single categorisation of “fragile states”, and recognises the diversity of risks and vulnerabilities that lead to fragility. It identifies countries the most vulnerable in five dimensions of risk and vulnerability linked to fragility, and asks how likely they are […]
Fri, 17 Apr 2015
Research and evidence on institutional capacity building in the Ministry of Interior in fragile and post-conflict countries
Thu, 2 Apr 2015
Identify evidence on the role of economic growth and/or economic development in helping countries break out of fragility (not conflict).
Fri, 13 Mar 2015
Please identify key literature and summarise any recent (since 2011) evidence on lessons learned from donor attempts to improve / reform / transform governance in developing countries, particularly in FCAS. We are particularly interested in any evidence generated on lessons learned from “politically-smart, locally-led” approaches.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015
What models of crisis management exist across Africa and what has the experience been?
Annotated bibliography on capacity development in fragile situations (LenCD)
GSDRC Topic Guide on Fragile States
Derick Brinkerhoff (2007) Capacity Development in Fragile States, ECDPM Discussion Paper 58D
Capacity.org Issue 32 (December 2007) Fragile States