ADB's 5 tips for working in fragile states

A view of Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea. Designing and implementing development projects in fragile states like Papua New Guinea need a different approach. Photo by: The Commonwealth / CC BY-NC-ND

In fragile and conflict-affected states, the rules are different, and international aid implementers need to adapt if they want their programs to be effective and achieve results.

That’s why the Asian Development Bank encourages aid groups, nongovernmental organizations, U.N. agencies and private firms to engage FCAS in a different way to avoid major human, social, economic and security costs. It’s not only that traditional approaches can be ineffective — they can also make it harder for these nations to build their capacity and transition to long-term stability.

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    Lean Alfred Santos is a Devex development reporter focusing on the development community in Asia-Pacific, including major players such as the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Prior to joining Devex, he covered Philippine and international business and economic news, sports and politics. Lean is based in Manila.