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Research BriefForeign Aid and Malian Democracy
In Mali aid has had a positive impact on some areas of democratic consolidation such as strengthening the economy and civil society, election support and conflict resolution...Economic assistance and foreign aid Equality and inequality Social conflict
Project meetingGood aid in hard places: Learning from what has worked in fragile contexts
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...
Working PaperEducation from the Bottom Up: UNICEF’s Education Programme in Somalia
The failure of the Somali state from 1993 to 2012 represents one of the world’s most profound and prolonged cases of state collapse. Initially, education and other government services came to a standstill...Children Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (October 2013)
31 October 2013 Tony Addison October finds Angle in New York, for our event on ‘Fragility and Aid–What Works?’ at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN...Agriculture Budget Children
Research BriefPolicing Reforms in African States – Exploring the Link to Economic Development
A secure environment is an important component of successful economic development initiatives. Policing reforms in African states have been disappointing; the image of state policy and police–community relations remain poor...Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development
BlogGetting into a State?
30 October 2013 Roger Williamson The UNU-WIDER meeting held last week in New York on the topic of fragility and aid argued forcefully that you cannot ‘fix’ failed states as you would a broken window...Agriculture Budget Conflict management
BlogThe Many Shades of Fragility
30 October 2013 Carl-Gustav Lindén Despite many successful transitions towards peace and multiparty electoral systems there are still 47 fragile states and economies in the world according to the OECD...Democratization Economic assistance and foreign aid International agencies
Annual LectureWIDER Annual Lecture 17 - Egalitarian Principles
BlogInclusive Growth in Africa
24 September 2013 Roger Williamson WIDER Annual Lecture 17 - President Martti Ahtisaari © UNU-WIDER/Alexander Zach Another big weekend for UNU-WIDER...Economic policy Equality and inequality Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
Journal ArticleGrowth of African Economies: Productivity, Policy Syndromes, and the Importance of Institutions
Recent evidence from an exhaustive political-economy study of growth of African economies—the Growth Project of the African Economic Research Consortium—suggests that ‘policy syndromes’ have substantially contributed to the ge...Econometric models (Economic development) Macroeconomics Social conflict
Research BriefGender and Transitional Justice
Transitional justice processes often fail to adequately deal with gender issues. Attempting to deal with gender-based violence during periods of transitional justice is often seen as destabilizing and a threat to future stability...Democracy Economic assistance and foreign aid Justice, Administration of
Policy BriefBusiness and the Barrel of a Gun: Understanding Entrepreneurship and Violent Conflict in Developing Countries
Although the impacts of violent conflict on investment, production, incomes and inequality have been widely studied on an aggregate level, comparatively less is known about the more diverse impacts of such conflict at the micro (particularly firm) le...Entrepreneurship Microeconomics Social conflict
Journal ArticleBusiness under Fire: Entrepreneurship and Violent Conflict in Developing Countries
Part of Journal Special Issue Entrepreneurship and ConflictEconomic development Entrepreneurship Informal sector
BlogTaking Inequality into Account in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Rachel M. Gisselquist There is much to commend in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as we approach their target deadline of 2015...Conflict management Economic development Equality and inequality
BlogVoices from Fragile States: The Resilient Problem of Human Development
Jamie Bleck and Kristin Michelitch  Mali has continued to be in the news since its military coup in March 2012...Household survey Infrastructure (Economics) Social conflict