Effective Statebuilding? A Review of Evaluations of International Statebuilding Support in Fragile Contexts

62 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2013

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Jörn Grävingholt

German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Julia Leininger

German Development Institute

Christian von Haldenwang

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) - German Development Institute (DIE)

Date Written: June 1, 2012

Abstract

Statebuilding has become a major concern of OECD donor countries in recent years. However, our conceptual and empirical knowledge is still rather limited as to which approaches and instruments work and which do not. A growing stock of research and evaluation studies should provide urgently needed information, enabling donors to learn from past experiences in order to improve the effectiveness of their interventions in the future.

The present evaluation study suggests that the current body of research and evaluation documents does not yet fulfil this task. The study surveys existing knowledge on the experiences with assistance to statebuilding in fragile contexts. For the period under review (2005-2011), the study identifies some 100 documents that assess international activities which are explicitly and primarily aimed at addressing issues of statehood/fragility, peace and security or governance. Some 40 studies were selected for in-depth analysis, either major (cross-country or multi-donor) evaluations or outstanding case studies. In order to allow for the triangulation of findings, the universe of available case studies was narrowed down to eight countries: Afghanistan, DR Congo, Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan (including South Sudan) and Sri Lanka.

Keywords: fragile states, evaluation methods, democracy support

Suggested Citation

Grävingholt, Jörn and Leininger, Julia and von Haldenwang, Christian, Effective Statebuilding? A Review of Evaluations of International Statebuilding Support in Fragile Contexts (June 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2297942 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2297942

Jörn Grävingholt

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Julia Leininger (Contact Author)

German Development Institute ( email )

Tulpenfeld 6
Bonn, 53113
Germany

Christian Von Haldenwang

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) - German Development Institute (DIE) ( email )

Tulpenfeld 6
Bonn, 53113
Germany

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