Infrastructure in Fragile and Conflict Affected States
Written by Stephen Jones and Simon Howarth, Oxford Policy Management
This study examines the available evidence on the experience of international support to improving infrastructure in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. It draws on a literature review and case studies (focusing on DFID supported infrastructure programmes in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal and South Sudan). The study identifies the main causal relationships by which infrastructure programmes may contribute to economic growth, poverty reduction and improved access to services, as well as their relationship to processes of stabilisation, peacebuilding and state-building. Although the evidence base is in many areas weak, some clear conclusions emerge about the strengths and weaknesses of past engagement, and lessons for the design and implementation of more effective infrastructure programmes.
Read the report and case studies here.