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Achieving sustainable governance transitions

This project will focus on understanding how a range of political and governance factors/conditions affect development outcomes or, in other words, the incentives, behaviour and institutional features which can enhance or inhibit the achievement of outcomes in transition contexts.

To be able to capture the range of transmission belts between governance and the outcomes that matter for peace- and state-building and economic reconstruction, the work will focus on the provision of a range of public goods and services.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • To deepen understanding of the incentives and institutional dynamics which affect the provision of public goods and services at different steps of the delivery chain
  • To support external actors to engage meaningfully with domestic political processes which improve public goods and service provision
  • To provide sector specialists with practical guidance on how programmes can respond more effectively to common governance constraints and opportunities

The key questions it sets out to address are:

  • What political economy features can explain variation in the delivery of public goods and services?
  • In light of this, how can public goods and service provision be sustainably improved in transition contexts?
  • How can external actors adopt more realistic and politically informed approaches, strategies and programmes when supporting public goods and services in transition contexts?

Staff

Marta Foresti, Pilar Domingo, Lisa Denney, Daniel Harris, David Booth, Heidi Tavakoli, Alina Rocha Menocal, Claire Dilliway, Joseph Wales, Claire Bracegirdle

Supported by

  1. Rule of law, politics and development: the politics of rule of law reform

    Research reports

  2. Using adaptive development to support feminist action

    Research reports

  3. Putting learning at the centre: adaptive development programming in practice

    Research reports

  4. Politically smart support to economic development

    Research reports

  5. Political settlements and pathways to universal health coverage

    Working papers

  6. Fostering innovation and entrepreneurialism in public sector reform

    Other

  7. What does 'adaptive programming' mean in the health sector?

    Briefing/policy papers

  8. The politics of legal empowerment: legal mobilisation strategies and implications for development

    Research reports

  9. Service characteristics and engagement with citizens

    Research reports

  10. Services in the city: governance and political economy in urban service delivery

    Research reports

  11. Stock-outs of essential medicines in Tanzania: a political economy approach to analysing problems and identifying solutions

    Research reports

  12. Delivering maternal health: why is Rwanda doing better than Malawi, Niger and Uganda?

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Dealing with legacies of violence: transitional justice and governance transitions

    Working papers

  14. Non-state security and justice in fragile states: Lessons from Sierra Leone

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. The politics of social protection: why are public works programmes so popular with governments and donors?

    Working papers

  16. The effects of sector characteristics on accountability relationships in service delivery

    Working papers

  17. Common constraints and incentive problems in service delivery

    Working papers

  18. The political economy of roads: an overview and analysis of existing literature

    Other