Operational Approaches and Financing in Fragile States

Designing Development Assistance to Make a Difference


Fragile states and situations are difficult environments most importantly for national reformers struggling to bring about peace, improved governance and protection of the population but also for the staff of the World Bank and other donor agencies who work to support them under difficult conditions. This paper by the International Development Association (IDA) shows how the risks of engagement in these contexts will not go away because these are environments where development programs will always be vulnerable to periodic setbacks. These are also the environments where well-designed development assistance can really make a difference. Continued strong management attention, guidance and operational support to staff working in these difficult environments, adjusting approaches and analyzing lessons learned, and enhancing human resource systems are all central to full realization of IDA’s strengths and ability to develop partnerships to assist this most vulnerable group of partner countries.

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  • MLI Voices

    Jun 22 2009 - 4:25pm

    Sierra Leone

    Even though I have worked in Sierra Leone in the past, the role of MLI Country Lead has given me the opportunity to build upon these previous experiences and to work closely with members of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), to support the implementation of health policies and reforms that they have prioritized.


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