Attempts to reform fragile states have rarely made things better. Fixing Fragile States lays bare the fatal flaws in current policies and explains why flawed governance systems, not corrupt bureaucrats or armed militias, are the cancers that devour these places. The cure, therefore, is not to send more aid or more peacekeepers but to redesign political, economic, and legal structures—to refashion them so they can leverage local traditions, overcome political fragmentation, expand governance capacities, and catalyze corporate investment.
Based on two years of research, interviews, and expert workshops, this publication outlines a new conceptual and operational framework aimed at improving outcomes in fragile and conflict-affected states transitioning out of conflict or repression by zeroing in on inclusiveness as a guiding principle.
Combining the latest research into poverty and state building with the author’s personal observations drawn from years running businesses in the developing world, Betrayed explains how leaders in the developing world can build more inclusive societies and more equitable governments, thereby creating dynamic national economies and giving the poor the opportunity to accumulate the means and skills to control their own destinies. It is a handbook for political and economic change in less developed countries.