State Fragility and International Development Cooperation

Szent-Iványi, Balázs (2007) State Fragility and International Development Cooperation. Working Paper. World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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This study is a revised version of the paper presented at the 16-17 June 2006 WIDER Development conference on ‘Aid: Principles, Policies, and Performance’, directed by George Mavrotas.


Over the past few years addressing state fragility in the third world has become an important priority in international development cooperation. However, it seems that the international donor community has so far not been able to develop adequate instruments for dealing with the problems posed by state failure. We see two reasons for this: (i) there is growing recognition within the donor community that the lack of absorptive capacity, or bad economic policies in the partner country can actually make aid counterproductive, even harmful; and (ii) it is very difficult to manage effective development cooperation with weak governments. Channelling aid through NGOs, or giving limited aid in the form of capacity-building is clearly not sufficient to solve the problems fragile states face.

Item Type:Monograph (Working Paper)
Series Name:UNU-WIDER Research Paper
Series Number / Identification Number:RP2007/29.
Uncontrolled Keywords:development cooperation, aid, failed states, state failure, absorptive capacity, Dutch disease, selectivity, good policies, Millennium Challenge Account, JEL codes: O19, F59, F42, O23, O57
Divisions:Faculty of Economics > Department of World Economy
Subjects:Economic policy
International relations
ID Code:378
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:02 Jun 2011 09:09
Last Modified:18 Oct 2021 10:29

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