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New Topic Guide:
Inclusive Institutions

Institutions are the formal and informal rules and norms that structure citizens’ rights, entitlements, opportunities and voice. How can policymakers and practitioners support inclusive institutions to promote development that ‘leaves no-one behind’? What do we know about what has – or hasn't – worked, and where? This Topic Guide synthesises the evidence, debates and approaches that emerge from the literature.

Latest Document Summaries

When Does Service Delivery Improve the Legitimacy of a Fragile or Conflict-Affected State?

Author: Claire Mcloughlin (2014)
Size: 20 pages (103 KB)

Received wisdom holds that the provision of vital public services necessarily improves the legitimacy of a fragile or conflict-affected state. In practice, however, the relationship between a state's performance in delivering services and its degree of legitimacy is nonlinear. Specifically, this relationship is conditioned by expectations of what the state should provide, subjective assessments of impartiality and distributive justice, the relational aspects of provision, how easy it is to attribute (credit or blame) performance to the state, and the characteristics of the service.

What Does it Take to Mainstream Disaster Risk Management in Key Sectors?

Author: Aditya Bahadur, Amy Kirbyshire, Dina Khan and Mihir Bhatt (2014)
Size: 20 pages (736 KB)

This paper explores why mainstreaming disaster risk management into development policy has had widely varying results between countries. It attempts to identify the ways forward for integrating short- and long-term considerations for disaster risk reduction in important development sectors. It finds that the effective mainstreaming of DRM requires a supportive policy environment, leadership, knowledge of the relevant risks, risk management techniques that are appropriate to each context, consistent financing and innovation. It draws on empirical examples and relevant literature to suggest how to achieve these elements.