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How to study capacity support to states in fragile and conflict affected situations: an analytical framework

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The purpose of this paper is to provide an analytical framework that can be used to: (1) identify existing gaps in state capacity to deliver services; and (2) examine how international actors’ capacity support programmes work in practice, and assess the extent to which they are fit for purpose in a given context. 

While the framework has been developed with a thematic emphasis on state capacity to carry out service delivery functions, it can also be used to study a wider set of state functions.

Richard Mallett; Rachel Slater; Paul Harvey