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    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

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    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

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    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

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    The Fragility Commission’s final evidence session: The power of resilience

    Countries facing fragility and conflict lack resilience to shocks, which feed off each other in a negative cycle. Identifying policies to build resilience, and recover and learn from shocks, can prevent future crises stemming from instability. In its fifth and final evidence session, held at the London School of Economics (LSE) on 28 September, the LSE-Oxford Commission...

    26 Oct 2017 | Emilie Yam

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    Risky business: Takeaways from the Fragility Commission’s 4th evidence session

    In fragile environments, experts agree that strengthening the private sector is the key to economic and social progress. However, this is undermined by limited risk appetite and weak state capacity when investing and operating in fragile environments. LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development In its fourth evidence session, held at the the London...

    24 Oct 2017 | Emilie Yam

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    Building capacity in fragility: Key lessons from Fragility Commission’s 3rd evidence session

    Generating effective government capacity is key to growth and development in fragile situations. However, many obstacles prevent governments from building up this capacity including an overwhelming list of problems to solve, weak leadership, corruption within institutions, and pressure from donors. In fragile and conflict situations, governments often have little...

    24 Jul 2017 | Emilie Yam

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    Road to legitimacy: Takeaways from the Fragility Commission’s 2nd evidence session

    The road to reforming and rebuilding the legitimacy of a state and its institutions is long and difficult. Elections, even when free and fair, are only a piece of the foundation upon which a state must re-establish trust with citizens and can start to rebuild public services, infrastructure, and its economy. “People don’t need ideas, they need bread.” This statement...

    20 Jun 2017 | Emilie Yam