This Topic Guide introduces some of the best literature on state fragility and the challenge of aid effectiveness and lessons learned from international engagement in these contexts. It highlights the major debates in the international development and academic community on understanding and responding to fragile situations. It is intended primarily as a reference guide for policymakers.
Two supplements to this guide by Huma Haider (GSDRC) explore the links between statebuilding and peacebuilding:
- Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Situations of Conflict and Fragility looks at the links (and tensions) between statebuilding and peacebuilding, how these activities interact, and how they can be approached in practice.
- State-Society Relations and Citizenship in Situations of Conflict and Fragility looks at concepts of state-society relations, civic trust, citizenship and socio-political cohesion in relation to statebuilding and peacebuilding.