Showing all Publications in State Fragility

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    Publication - Policy paper

    Timor-Leste’s drivers of growth and sectoral transformation

    This policy paper discusses policy priorities to realise Timor-Leste’s socio-economic potential on its path to middle-income status, focusing on fisheries, agriculture, and tourism as key sectors for economic transformation and analysing the role of infrastructure investment, financing frameworks, and digital innovation in making this possible.

    8 Jun 2021 | Camilla Sacchetto , Sarah Logan, Joevas Asare, Moussa Saab

  • Publication - Case study

    AgDevCo in Malawi: A case study of the higher costs – and notable impact – of investing in challenging contexts

    Firms and investors face high risks and costs when entering and operating in challenging environments, but their investments can provide considerable social and economic benefits. This case study explores how AgDevCo’s investments in Malawi demonstrate these dynamics and motivate the case for public funding to be used to offset the costs of pioneering in difficult settings.

    22 Mar 2021 | Chris Isaac, Sarah Logan

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Strengthening development finance in fragile contexts

    Pioneering firms have the potential to achieve significant social and economic benefits in fragile and conflict‑affected settings. However, these contexts involve higher risks and costs, which dissuades pioneers and investors. In this policy paper, we argue that the public good these firms provide warrants the use of public funds to offset the costs of pioneering in these...

    22 Mar 2021 | Paul Collier, Sebastian Kriticos, Camilla Sacchetto , Sarah Logan

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Stimuler les investissements dans l’énergie dans les États fragiles

    Il est essentiel d’élargir l’accès à l’énergie dans les contextes fragiles pour que ces milieux puissent se remettre de COVID-19 et échapper à la fragilité. Ce document d’orientation accompagne l’appel à l’action lancé par le Conseil sur la fragilité des États et le G7+ sur le thème “Stimuler les investissements dans l’énergie dans les États...

    2 Mar 2021 | Sarah Logan, Camilla Sacchetto

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Scaling energy investments in fragile states

    Expanding energy access in fragile contexts is critical for these settings to recover from COVID-19 and escape fragility. This policy paper accompanies the call to action issued by the Council on State Fragility and g7+ on ‘Powering up energy investments in fragile states’, which calls for a new approach for scaling energy access in fragile contexts.

    24 Feb 2021 | Sarah Logan, Camilla Sacchetto

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Priorities for renewable energy investment in fragile states

    State fragility is strongly linked to prevalent climate hazards and poor energy access. Conflict, poverty, and poor governance increase countries’ vulnerability to climate change threats, while access to electricity – especially renewable – is lowest in fragile settings. Four key factors make the scaling of renewable energy investment in fragile and...

    4 Nov 2020 | Camilla Sacchetto , Nicholas Stern, Charlotte Taylor

  • 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

  • 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 | Nematullah Bizhan