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Seeing like the networked state: Subnational governance in Afghanistan
Ashley Jackson
While institutions exist in name and edifice in Afghanistan, network connections are what govern access to resources. How the international community chooses to deal with such elite networks is critical to the future of Afghanistan 18/07/2016
Journal: Informal Taxation in Ungoverned Spaces
Richard Mallett
Taxation is one of the core functions associated with notions of what it means to be, and act like, a state. But what happens in places where formal state governments do not exist, or where they have little to no control? This SAIS journal article examines examples of informal taxation and tax-like practices from Nepal 14/07/2016
Les femmes engagées dans la sexualité transactionnelle et travaillant dans la prostitution: Pratiques et facteurs sous-jacents dans le trafic du sexe au Sud-Kivu, en République Démocratique du Congo
Isumbisho Mwapu, Dorothea Hilhorst, Murhega Mashanda, Muhigwa Bahananga and Ruhamya Mugenzi
La sexualité transactionnelle et la prostitution sont des phénomènes qui forment une partie importante de la vie urbaine au Sud-Kivu, RDC. Ce rapport examine l’importance de la sexualité transactionnelle en tant que stratégie de survie pour les femmes et analyse leurs motivations en s’engageant dans la prostitution et la sexualité transactionnelle 14/07/2016
The rules of the game: Towards a theory of networks of access
Ashley Jackson and Giulia Minoia
Rather than institutions and formal rules governing political and economic life, it is networks that matter most in Afghanistan. This briefing paper introduces a ‘networks of access’ approach to understanding political and economic life, applying network analysis to political and economic dynamics 29/06/2016
Trajectories of international engagement with state and local actors: Evidence from South Sudan
Daniel Maxwell, Rachel Gordon, Leben Moro, Martina Santschi and Philip Dau
In the wake of South Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, optimism abounded that investment in state-building would produce numerous benefits including peace, stability, growth and economic opportunities. This paper considers why that optimism proved to be unjustified 29/06/2016
The Drinking Water and Sanitation Programme of Nepal's Local Governance and Community Development Programme
Gopikesh Acharya, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Suman Babu Paudel, Annal Tandukar and Daniel Harris
Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP) interventions were introduced in Nepal after the Maoist insurgency to improve basic drinking water and sanitation service delivery and local governance and state-society relations. But what effect have they really had? 23/06/2016
Perceptions of livelihood services delivery: A study of fisher communities in post-war north and east of Sri Lanka
Geetha Mayadunne and Mira Phillips
Six years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, northern and eastern coastal communities have mixed experiences of fisher service delivery by the government. This paper examines their experiences and perceptions and the impact on state legitimacy 03/06/2016
The Effectiveness of Local Peace Committees in Nepal: A study from Bardiya district
Annal Tandukar, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Suman Babu Paudel, Gopikesh Acharya, Daniel Harris
Local Peace Committees were set up in Nepal to help support peacebuilding initiatives at the local level. But have they really made any difference? 03/06/2016
Recovering from war and living in hope: Fruit and vegetable markets in Pakistan’s Swat Valley
Abid Suleri, Babar Shahbaz and Qasim Shah
Swat’s fruit and vegetable markets were severely curtailed when the valley was captured by the Taliban in 2007. This paper examines what tactics markets can adopt to recover post-conflict 17/05/2016
Change the context not the girls: Improving efforts to reduce teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone
Lisa Denney, Rachel Gordon, Aminata Kamara and Precious Lebby
In 2013 Sierra Leone ranked among the ten nations with the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the world. This report examines current programming responses post-Ebola and asks where there is room for improvement 16/05/2016