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Development Assistance for Peacebuilding

1st Edition

Edited by Rachel M. Gisselquist


190 pages

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Development assistance to fragile states and conflict-affected areas can be a core component of peacebuilding, providing support for the restoration of government functions, delivery of basic services, the rule of law, and economic revitalization. What has worked, why it has worked, and what is scalable and transferable, are key questions for both development practice and research into how peace is built and the interactive role of domestic and international processes therein. Despite a wealth of research into these questions, significant gaps remain.

This volume speaks to these gaps through new analysis of a selected set of well-regarded aid interventions. Drawing on diverse scholarly and policy expertise, eight case study chapters span multiple domains and regions to analyse Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme, the Yemen Social Fund for Development, public financial management reform in Sierra Leone, Finn Church Aid’s assistance in Somalia, Liberia’s gender-sensitive police reform, the judicial facilitators programme in Nicaragua, UNICEF’s education projects in Somalia, and World Bank health projects in Timor-Leste. Analysis illustrates the significance of three broad factors in understanding why some aid interventions work better than others: the area of intervention and related degree of engagement with state institutions; local contextual factors such as windows of opportunity and the degree of local support; and programme design and management.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal International Peacekeeping.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

1. Good Aid in Hard Places: Learning from ‘Successful’ Interventions in Fragile Situations Rachel M. Gisselquist 2. The National Solidarity Programme: Assessing the Effects of Community-Driven Development in Afghanistan Andrew Beath, Fotini Christia and Ruben Enikolopov 3. The Yemen Social Fund for Development: An Effective Community-Based Approach amid Political Instability Lamis Al-iryani, Alain De Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet 4. Substantial but Uneven Achievement: Selected Success When Stars Align. Public Financial Management Reforms in Sierra Leone Heidi Tavakoli, Ismaila B. Cessay and Winston Percy Onipede Cole 5. ‘Embedded’ Assistance: Finn Church Aid’s Secondment in Somalia Rauli S. Lepistö, Rachel M. Gisselquist and Jussi Ojala 6. Liberia’s Gender-Sensitive Police Reform: Improving Representation and Responsiveness in a Post-Conflict Setting Laura Bacon 7. Impact Assessment of the Facilitadores Judiciales Programme in Nicaragua Martin Gramatikov, Maurits Barendrecht, Margot Kokke, Robert Porter, Morly Frishman and Andrea Morales 8. Education from the Bottom Up: UNICEF’s Education Programme in Somalia James H. Williams and William C. Cummings 9. The World Bank’s Health Projects in Timor-Leste: The Political Economy of Effective Aid Andrew Rosser and Sharna Bremner

About the Editor

Rachel M. Gisselquist is a political scientist and currently a Research Fellow with UNU-WIDER. She works on the politics of the developing world, with particular attention to ethnic politics and group-based inequality, state fragility, governance, and democratization in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a PhD from MIT.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries