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  • Blog post

    Power planning in fragile and conflict-affected states

    Traditional methods of energy planning are likely to provide results that may be inappropriate in fragile and conflict-affected countries. The risks of violence and damage, significant delays and cancellations in infrastructure projects, or projects coming in at very high cost, are rife in these states. Security issues can significantly hamper, or make infeasible, the...

    20 Oct 2020 | Morgan Bazilian, Sarah Logan

  • Blog post

    Invest in energy access for a resilient recovery from COVID-19 in fragile environments

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many inequities, both within countries and across the world. The least developed countries and those affected by fragility and conflict have been particularly hard hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19, experiencing unprecedented declines in commodity prices and remittances and a collapse in earnings at the household, firm, and national...

    16 Oct 2020 | Sarah Logan

  • Event

    Supporting a resilient recovery in fragile environments post-COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many vulnerabilities and inequities in the world, but has also created an unprecedented window of opportunity for countries to ‘build back better’ to tackle underlying weaknesses, combat climate change, and set a course for more sustainable and inclusive growth. The World Bank Group Annual Meetings 2020 are centred around the...

    16 October 2020

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    R&D, Manufacturing and Delivery of Vaccines: A Global Deal in the Fight Against COVID-19

    Given the massive uncertainty surrounding how COVID-19 will play out in terms of health outcomes as well as economic and social outcomes, policymaking is as hard as it can possibly be. Measures that are sensible at the time they are taken may prove highly costly and ineffective in retrospect. No-regret policies are those that are worth doing now regardless of which...

    16 Jun 2020 | Stefan Dercon

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Smart containment: How low-income countries can tailor their COVID-19 response

    Low-income countries will have a much harder time putting their economies in a “medically induced coma” in response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). They are home to many of the extreme poor, who, for the most part, have no option but to live in overcrowded conditions with limited access to clean water and sanitation. They work in the informal sector, often for a...

    11 Jun 2020 | Jishnu Das, Carolina Sánchez-Páramo

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Social protection in fragile states

    Despite various challenges, social protection is more important than ever right now for fragile countries that already house a large share of the world’s poor. The World Bank is estimating that the COVID-19 crisis has the potential to push about 40-60 million more people into extreme poverty, erasing decades of anti-poverty efforts. The World Bank has documented that...

    11 Jun 2020 | Rema Hanna

  • News Item

    New grant from The Rockefeller Foundation supports efforts to better address state fragility

    The Rockefeller Foundation has extended its philanthropic support to the International Growth Centre (IGC) with a grant of $250,000 to support the IGC’s new policy initiative, Reducing State Fragilities, which aims to build on the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development by taking its recommendations into practice. A previous $900,000 grant from...

    3 Jun 2020

  • Blog post

    Pandemics amidst fragilities: Implications and risks in the time of COVID-19

    The challenges that conflict-affected and fragile settings face in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are distinct and arguably greater than in rest of the world. The current crisis could exacerbate on-going systemic fragilities to a breaking point if not managed promptly. It is critical for response policies in these settings to target contextual sources of fragility...

    8 Apr 2020 | Camilla Sacchetto

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    Identity, norms, narratives, and state bureaucracy: Evidence from tax administration in Afghanistan

    The effectiveness and legitimacy of a public organisation may depend to a large degree not only on institutional arrangement but also on the behaviour of actors within institutions and the interactions between the two. This paper argues that beliefs, in the form of identity, norms, and narratives, significantly affect bureaucratic effectiveness. They can have various...

    22 Nov 2019 |

  • Publication - Project Report

    The relationship between influential actors’ language and violence: A Kenyan case study using artificial intelligence

    This background study is published by the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development.

    14 Feb 2019 | Chris Mahony, Eduardo Albrecht, Murat Sensoy