Aid to fragile states: do donors help or hinder?

23 08 2007

URL: A paper by the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) that examines the relationship between state failure and development assistance. It begins by looking at poor development performance as a criterion for state failure and then examines common causes why states fail, looking in particular at the cases of Burma, Rwanda and Zambia. The author argues that donors much be strongly engaged in fragile states in order to build political accountability and institutional capacity, including in cases where fragile states lack political will. It is argued that, in cases of conflict, donors have often undermined state capacity and failed to intervene properly, both during and following conflict.



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