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Building State Capacity in Africa New Approaches, Emerging Lessons. Introductory remarks by Frannie Leautier. Global Development Strategy. Building state capacity tops the development agenda in Africa and the world What promotes development? Capital investment was key Policies matter

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Building State Capacity in Africa

New Approaches, Emerging Lessons

Introductory remarks by

Frannie Leautier

global development strategy
Global Development Strategy
  • Building state capacity tops the development agenda in Africa and the world
  • What promotes development?
    • Capital investment was key
    • Policies matter
    • Institutions underpin policy
    • Capable Institutions matter
      • to develop and implement nationally-owned policies
africa s changing environment
Africa’s Changing Environment
  • In Africa today
    • Economic stabilization means crises no longer crowd out longer-term challenges
    • Democratization places new demands on the state
the cancer of corruption
“The Cancer of corruption”
  • In 1996 Jim Wolfensohn opened the door to addressing governance and corruption
  • The PRSP process puts countries in the driver's seat:
    • more reliance on stronger national systems to implement changet
building state capacity what works what doesn t and why
Building State CapacityWhat works, what doesn’t and why
  • Our ambitions exceed our knowledge— A dangerous combination
    • We can describe a well functioning state system . . .

. . . but then what?

    • One size does not fit all . . .

. . . and what about sequencing?

    • Can we support real change without sound knowledge?
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Knowledge is key and Building State Capacity in Africa contributesto our knowledge base
      • Synthesizes recent operational experiences
      • Takes a multidisciplinary approach
      • Draws lessons relevant for future work
      • Collaboration across boundaries (WBI and Africa Region)
  • The Knowledge Bank: Lending = Learning