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Fragile states and aid effectiveness : an expanded bibliography

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Abstract: This literature review looks at why donors should invest in fragile states. The authors point to the significance of aid in contributing to stabilization, peace and recovery; the cost of conflict; and the value of restoring governance and the legitimacy of state. Some authors highlight the links between aid and state building and health system reconstruction. Most health-focused literature suggests that visible and effective provision of basic services is a necessary response to the high morbidity and mortality marking conflict-affected and transitional states, but also has the potential to build the legitimacy of the state. Some authors argue that well-designed service delivery can help to build state capacity, through collaboration with NGOs and technical support and resources from donors. There is limited literature on aid flow and on the interrelationship between health sector development and aid effectiveness. Meanwhile, the importance of alignment, harmonization and aid predictability is a feature of the humanitarian reform literature. A table of fragile state definitions used by various donors is included.
Authors: Canavan, A. , Vergeer, P.
Category: Research
Keywords: peacebuilding , governance , health services , conflict
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: 20
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
Year: 2008
Right: © 2008 Royal Tropical Institute
Subject: Humanitarian Assistance
Title: Fragile states and aid effectiveness : an expanded bibliography