Chapter 24: Coordinating aid in fragile states: the promise of country platforms and principles for effective aid architecture
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Development cooperation providers have repeatedly pledged to deepen their coordination in fragile states. They recognize that uncoordinated strategies yield disjointed projects with no unified vision, create inefficiencies, place undue burden on partner governments, and can even work at cross purposes with one another. However, ensuring coordination remains an ongoing challenge. This chapter analyses the “country platform” coordination model as a potential solution to coordination challenges in fragile states. Country platforms, which have taken a number of different forms across various fragile state contexts, are government-led coordinating bodies that bring together donors and other stakeholders to coordinate development and peacebuilding efforts in pursuit of joint goals. While there is momentum - from the G20 and the World Bank - around their increased use, country platforms have had a mixed track record. This chapter takes stock of the experiences of different country platforms to draw lessons for how these structures work best and how various donors can best support them.

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