State Fragility and Violent Conflict

Fragile states constitute an enormous challenge for major international tasks such as the reduction of global poverty, the management of global public goods – as for the establishment of democratic statehood. State fragility frequently comes along with physical violence that affects large sections of the population. At the same time, fragile states and countries in violent conflict are increasingly perceived as a security threat for the societies in OECD countries. As a consequence, development cooperation with and in these states seems more than warranted on the one hand – while on the other being faced with particular difficulties of programming, implementation and impact evaluation.

State fragility can be conceived of as a multi-dimensional problem that combines three basic elements in a variety of constellations: ineffective state capacity, uncontrolled violence, and deficient legitimacy. Accordingly, the Institute’s analyses start from distinguishing different “types” of fragility contexts.

Within the issue area of “State Fragility and Violent Conflict” the work concentrates on two lines of research:

•          Causes and consequences of fragility, and how to overcome it

•          Donor strategies and donor coordination for dealing with state fragility

Current Publications

Keeping the promise of Paris

Bauer, Steffen / Clara Brandi
Externe Publikationen of 17 November 2017

Partizipation und Bewertung: weiterbestehende methodologische Herausforderungen

Meyer, Wolfgang / Evelyn Funk / P. Linh Nguyen
Externe Publikationen of 16 November 2017