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1 Fragility & Service Delivery:. Insights and Impact Emerging from the DAC Workstream on Service Delivery in Fragile States, Colloquium on Preventing and Rebuilding Failed States Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars June 5, 2009

2 Background Origins of the workstream Desire to complement policy work on fragile states with something more practical Starting point: World Development Report 2004 Recognition that fragile states pose a different development problem for service delivery What does this mean operationally... In those service delivery sectors that receive the bulk of donor funding?

3 Background The conceptual framework ClientsProviders Policy- makers Services Voice Compact Client Power Long Route of Accountability Short Route of Accountability

4 Background The analytical approach HealthEducationWat/SanSec/Justice Deterioration Arrested Development Post-Conflict Transition Early Recovery

5 Background Managing the work Steering committee Germany (BMZ/GTZ), Norway (NORAD), UK (DFID), UNDP, US (USAID, chair), World Bank Sectoral Teams Health: Germany, US, WHO, World Bank Education: Norway, UNICEF, UK, US Water/Sanitation: Norway, UK Security/Justice: Australia, Canada, DAC Secretariat, UNDP, UK, US

6 Background Workstream products A framing paper Multiple working papers Two DAC-published reports Two self-organized networks Lasting impact on fragile states thinking 17/54/ pdf

7 Impact of fragility on service delivery Clients Providers Policy- makers Services Voice Compact Client Power Long Route of Accountability Short Route of Accountability X X Donors Non-state Providers Over sight

8 I nsights Impact of fragility on service delivery 1.Service domains become sites of broader societal patterns of fragility 2.Inability/unwillingness of (national) governments to provide services provides rationale/opening for non-state actors to fill the void Not always benign Not always accountable Retards statebuilding

9 Insights Impact of service delivery on fragility Service domains can be a site for addressing fragility/statebuilding By building meaningful accountability relationships (state-societal relations) Not just technical competence (state capacity)

10 Insights Understanding roles in service delivery Differentiate provision and production Provision: assuring the delivery of a service Production: delivering the service to the end-user Recognize reality Presence of non-state actors, including security domain Residual state capacity, especially local Build back better Begin with strategic service audit Consider non-traditional delivery arrangements Build state capacity for the future, not the past

11 Insight Tensions between business models Humanitarian/Statebuilding Humanitarian imperative International standards Statebuilding/Development Technical vs. political demands International targets: Paris Declaration, MDGs, EFA etc. Global vertical funds


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