Fragile States

Learn what can be done to address corruption in efforts to rebuild post-conflict states and in fragile situations.

Fragile states’ weak institutions and policies, in combination with high volumes of aid, make them highly vulnerable to corruption. Citizens of these states suffer the consequences of diverted aid flows, while the destabilising effects of corruption can potentially trigger conflict or a return to conflict. Corruption must especially be addressed in these challenging contexts to support statebuilding.

Explore this U4 Theme Page to:

  • Understand how addressing corruption early supports statebuilding
  • Paul Collier ‘Ted-Talks’ us through how to reconstruct states
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Tiri Testimonies – Reconstruction in Sierra Leone

This video is part of Tiri Testimonies and focus on interviews with social accountability workers on monitoring road reconstruction. Tiri -- Making Integrity Work -- is an independent, international non-governmental organisation, registered as a charity in the UK.
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Author: Le Billon, P
Release date: June 2008

Corrupting Peace? Peacebuilding and Post-conflict Corruption

Examines how peacebuilding in post-conflict situations might increase corruption by introducing competitive corruption, institutionalising it and isolating recipient governments. 

Author: OECD
Release date: April 2007

Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations

Practical guide to engaging fragile states to promote sustainable development. Advice on ’do no harm’ strategies, prioritizing prevention and addressing local priorities.


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