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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. Violence against women in Sierra Leone: how women seek redress

    Research reports

  2. The politics of progress on water and sanitation in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Research reports

  3. The supply and distribution of essential medicines in Malawi: summary findings

    Research reports

  4. Applied political economy analysis: Five practical issues

    Toolkit/guidelines

  5. A problem-focused approach to violence against women: the political-economy of justice and security programming

    Research reports

  6. Politics of a national employment guarantee scheme in Nepal: an initial assessment of feasibility

    Research reports

  7. The technical is political - why understanding the political implications of technical characteristics can help improve service delivery

    Research reports

  8. Human resources for health in Nepal - the politics of access in remote areas

    Research reports

  9. Facilitating development: an arm’s length approach to aid

    Working papers

  10. Finding solutions: making sense of the politics of service delivery

    Research reports

  11. The political economy of electricity distribution in developing countries - a review of the literature

    Other

  12. Using aid to address governance constraints in service delivery

    Research reports

  13. Applied political economy analysis: a problem-driven framework

    Toolkit/guidelines

  14. Making sense of the politics of delivery: our findings so far

    Research reports

  15. It's a risky business: aid and new approaches to political risk management

    Working papers

  16. Securing communities: the what and the how of community policing

    Research reports

  17. The technical is political: understanding the political implications of sector characteristics for education service delivery

    Research reports

  18. Working with the politics: how to improve public services for the poor

    Briefing/policy papers