'Promoting development in fragile states: What have we learned?'

Filmed 13 March 2009 (53 min.).

Professor Derick W. Brinkerhoff
What are the development challenges posed by fragile/failed states? How can development be promoted in fragile/failed states? This presentation explores the answers to these questions, focusing on clarifying what is different, and what is the same, about development in fragile states vs. "normal" developing countries. Fragile states face three development deficits. These include: 1) lack of security: failure to protect people and property; 2) lack of effectiveness: failure to provide basic services and economic opportunity; and 3) lack of legitimacy: failure to provide responsive and accountable government, protection of basic rights, representation and inclusiveness for all citizens. Applying a governance lens, the presentation examines the debates and lessons learned about how to address these three deficits, and concludes with an assessment of what outsiders can do to promote development in fragile states.
Derick W. Brinkerhoff is Distinguished Fellow in International Public Management with RTI International (Research Triangle Institute), and has a faculty associate appointment at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.
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