GSDRC provides applied knowledge services on demand and online. Our expertise is in issues of governance, social development, humanitarian response and conflict. Our specialist research team supports a range of international development agencies, synthesising the latest evidence and expert thinking to inform policy and practice.
What do we know about what has – or hasn't – worked in civil service reform, and where? This revised Topic Guide for policymakers and practitioners gives an overview of the research evidence and examines the lessons that emerge from the literature.
Libya: Border security and regional cooperation
Author: Shivit Bakrania (2014)
Size: 28 pages (785 KB)
How do security developments and instability in Libya determine its relationships with neighbouring countries? This GSDRC rapid literature review finds that Libya's border control is weak and fragmented, allowing markets in arms, people, and the trafficking of illicit goods to flourish. Conflict drivers influencing Libya's relationships with its neighbours include cross-border ethnic and tribal relations, cross-border smuggling, and cross-border terrorism. In addition, however, regional and domestic challenges have compelled Libya and its neighbours to cooperate in the economic and security spheres in order to preserve their national interests.
Missed opportunities: the case for strengthening national and local partnership-based humanitarian responses
Author: Ben Ramalingam, Bill Gray and Giorgia Cerruti (2013)
Size: 27 pages (600 kB)
Partnerships between international humanitarian actors and national and local actors do not achieve their full potential to enhance humanitarian performance. This study draws on lessons from five commissioning INGOs in four major emergency settings. It finds that partnerships have enhanced the relevance, effectiveness and connectedness of humanitarian assistance. While the picture is more mixed on other issues, many of the benefits realised so far have been achieved with minimal investments.