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Service delivery and state capacity : findings from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium.

Denney, L. and Mallett, R. and Benson, M. (2017) 'Service delivery and state capacity : findings from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium.', Project Report. Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), London.


Every year a quarter of all international aid – approximately US$15 billion – is spent on capacity development. However, despite the continued dominance of capacity development, results are frequently disappointing. Over a period of six years, the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) has conducted a series of studies on state capacity in eight countries, focusing on the ways in which international actors attempt to build the capacity of states in fragile and conflict-affected situations to deliver services – typically considered a ‘core function’ of any modern state. This report synthesises the findings of these studies, drawing out cross-cutting themes that help us understand both the ways in which capacity development in such contexts is currently undertaken, and the assumptions, challenges and trade-offs that underpin this practice. This report is one of a series produced at the end of SLRC’s first phase. These reports bring together and analyse all relevant material on SLRC’s overarching research questions, with a view to drawing out broader lessons that will be of use to policy makers, practitioners and researchers.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
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Date accepted:19 June 2017
Date deposited:12 September 2017
Date of first online publication:01 June 2017
Date first made open access:No date available

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