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Policy Brief : The Challenges of Restoring Stability to Fragile States in West Africa

"The West African sub-region has since the early 1990s, been devastated by armed conflicts that have led to large-scale atrocities, mass displacement of populations and a general sense of insecurity. In what has been subtly referred to in most sec...

South-South Peacebuilding: Lessons and Insights from Turkey and South Africa's Support to Fragile States

"Emerging actors, such as providers of South–South cooperation (SSC), are increasingly playing a role in peacebuilding, particularly in fragile states and conflict-affected areas. While there is much discussion on the role of emerging donors in...

Policy and Institutional Dimensions of Africa's Political Economy in an Age of Globalization

The study’s main intention was to generate knowledge to enhance the efficacy of Africa’s political economy and development pathways by identifying alternative macroeconomic policy and institutional options that can be deployed to enable deeper so...

Social Inclusion and Service Delivery in A Fragile and Post-Conflict Environment in Africa

The post-colonial state in Africa has attracted great interest from scholars and development partners because of the recognition that no development can take place without a proper functioning state. The state is expected to provide and deliver ...

Rebuilding after Conflict and Strengthening Fragile States: A View from Rwanda

Post-conflict states face more difficulties than others to develop. This is not surprising considering the many challenges associated with ensuring peace and stability, reconstructing the state, re-building infrastructure, etc. Africa indeed has...

Assessing Long Term State Fragility in Africa : Prospects for 26 ‘more fragile’ Countries

This monograph propose that ten presently fragile states (Comoros, the CAR, the DRC, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, the Republic of Congo, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Togo) will continue to experience poor governance, chronic poverty, potentially ...

Assessing Transition to Stability, Fiscal Sustainability and Provision of Peace Dividend in South Sudan

The study argues that classic definition of a fragile state fits the situation in South Sudan because this country has been unable, since independence, to provide public and social services in sufficient quality, scope and reach. This has made it ...

The Legacy of Mauritania’s Colonels: West Africa’s Next Crisis?

Briefly taking stock of the pertinent theoretical literature on democratic transitions, civil military relations, identity conflict, and the merit of focusing on the role of individual leaders, this study comparatively examines and evaluates the...

Costs of Civil War and Fragile States

Civil conflicts are an important concern for development, yet it is only relatively recently that economists have developed a substantive body of research on them and the research that exists is mainly on the determinants of conflict. This paper p...

Growth in Fragile States in Africa: Conflict and Post-conflict Capital Accumulation

This framework paper analyses the pattern of capital accumulation in Africa and its interaction with political fragility. Political fragility retards or reverses gains with respect to capital accumulation, slowing long-term economic growth. Many...

The Anatomy of Fragile States in Sub-Saharan Africa: Understanding the Inter-relationship Between Fragility and Deprivation

According to most classifications, Sub-Saharan Africa is the region of the world with the highest presence of fragile states. In this paper we examine the relationship between fragility and poverty, suggesting that countries may become trapped in ...

State Fragility, Macroeconomic Policies and Macroeconomic Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa

We study how state fragility conditions affect macroeconomic outcomes in sub-Saharan African economies, and identify some of the most plausible transmission mechanisms. Applying dynamic panel estimation techniques and structural vector autoregress...

Understanding Inclusive Growth in Africa's Fragile States: Any Role for Fragility and Financial Inequalities

This study conducts an empirical analysis of the effects of fragility and financial inequalities on inclusive growth of African countries. In order to achieve this, we developed a unified measure of inclusive growth which is decomposed into growth...

Micro-foundations of Fragility: Concepts, Measurement and Application

In this paper, we explore the micro-foundations of fragility by discussing how to measure the exposure to fragility at the individual level. In particular, we focus on two important notions that are not covered by existing indicators of frag...

Business (Not) for Peace: A Call for Conflict-Sensitive Policy in Fragile States

In much of Africa, the political economy shaping the private sector, as well as disincentives for the private sector to engage in peacebuilding and state building, militates against a peace-positive role for the private sector in extractives gover...

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