Engaging with Fragile States

Engaging with Fragile States

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During fiscal 2003-05, World Bank lending and administrative budgets to fragile states amounted to $4.1 billion and $161 million, respectively. This report assesses the effectiveness of this Bank support. The report finds that the Bank and the donor community have improved their operational readiness to engage with fragile states, and made substantial progress on donor coordination at the international policy level. Significant challenges remain, however. Donor agendas have been overly ambitious and need to be made more selective, the effectiveness of donor programs needs to be improved after the immediate post-conflict phase in war-ravaged countries when structural change is needed, and donors need to develop transparent aid allocation criteria that ensure that fragile states will be neither under- nor over-aided. The report makes recommendations to overcome these challenges and distills lessons for the Bank and other donors.An IEG Review of World Bank Support to Low-income Countries Under Stress ... Three areas of particular concern are the reviewa#39;s presentation of performance data and country examples; its discussion of state building, governance, andanbsp;...

Title:Engaging with Fragile States
Publisher:World Bank Publications - 2006-01-01


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