Development Assistance for Peacebuilding

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Development assistance to fragile states and conflict-affected areas can be a core component of peacebuilding, providing support for the restoration of government functions, delivery of basic services, the rule of law, and economic revitalization. What has worked, why it has worked, and what is scalable and transferable, are key questions for both development practice and research into how peace is built and the interactive role of domestic and international processes therein. Despite a wealth of research into these questions, significant gaps remain.

This volume speaks to these gaps through new analysis of a selected set of well-regarded aid interventions. Drawing on diverse scholarly and policy expertise, eight case study chapters span multiple domains and regions to analyse Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme, the Yemen Social Fund for Development, public financial management reform in Sierra Leone, Finn Church Aid’s assistance in Somalia, Liberia’s gender-sensitive police reform, the judicial facilitators programme in Nicaragua, UNICEF’s education projects in Somalia, and World Bank health projects in Timor-Leste. Analysis illustrates the significance of three broad factors in understanding why some aid interventions work better than others: the area of intervention and related degree of engagement with state institutions; local contextual factors such as windows of opportunity and the degree of local support; and programme design and management.

Table of contents
  1. Good Aid in Hard Places: Learning from ‘Successful’ Interventions in Fragile Situations
    Rachel Gisselquist
    More Journal Article | Good Aid in Hard Places
  2. The National Solidarity Programme: Assessing the Effects of Community-Driven Development in Afghanistan
    Andrew Beath, Fotini Christia, Ruben Enikolopov
    More Journal Article | The National Solidarity Programme
    More Working Paper | The National Solidarity Programme
    More Research Brief | Lessons from the National Solidarity Programme in Afghanistan
  3. The Yemen Social Fund for Development: An Effective Community-Based Approach amid Political Instability
    Lamis Al-Iryani, Alain de Janvry, Elisabeth Sadoulet
    More Journal Article | The Yemen Social Fund for Development
    More Working Paper | Delivering Good Aid in Hard Places
  4. Substantial but Uneven Achievement: Selected Success When Stars Align. Public Financial Management Reforms in Sierra Leone
    Heidi Tavakoli, Ismaila Cessay, Winston Cole
    More Journal Article | Substantial but Uneven Achievement
    More Working Paper | Success When Stars Align
    More Research Brief | Successes and Challenges of Public Financial Management in Sierra Leone
  5. ‘Embedded’ Assistance: Finn Church Aid’s Secondment in Somalia
    Rauli Lepistö, Rachel Gisselquist, Jussi Ojala
    More Journal Article | ‘Embedded’ Assistance
    More Working Paper | ‘Embedded’ Assistance
  6. Liberia’s Gender-Sensitive Police Reform: Improving Representation and Responsiveness in a Post-Conflict Setting
    Laura Bacon
    More Journal Article | Liberia's Gender-Sensitive Police Reform
    More Working Paper | Liberia’s Gender-Sensitive Police Reform
  7. Impact Assessment of the Facilitadores Judiciales Programme in Nicaragua
    Martin Gramatikov, Maurits Barendrecht, Margot Kokke, Robert Porter, Morly Frishman, Andrea Morales
    More Journal Article | Impact Assessment of the Facilitadores Judiciales Programme in Nicaragua
    More Working Paper | Impact Assessment of the Facilitadores Judiciales Programme in Nicaragua
  8. Education from the Bottom Up: UNICEF’s Education Programme in Somalia
    James Williams, William Cummings
    More Journal Article | Education from the Bottom Up
  9. The World Bank’s Health Projects in Timor-Leste: The Political Economy of Effective Aid
    Andrew Rosser, Sharna Bremner
    More Journal Article | The World Bank's Health Projects in Timor-Leste
    More Working Paper | The World Bank’s Health Projects in Timor-Leste
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