ICAI, in its 2015 report ‘Assessing Impact of the Scale-up of DFID’s support to Fragile States’, included a recommendation for DFID to provide guidance on targeted infrastructure components to ensure sustainable impacts in fragile states programming.
DFID commissioned the ICED facility to conduct a piece of research in response to this recommendation. This page contains the outputs from this research.
The research terms of reference framed two key high level questions:
- What interventions (including types of infrastructure), approaches, investments and levers of influence are most effective in promoting sustainable infrastructure development in fragile and conflict affected states?
- How can infrastructure development be promoted in a way that:
- Minimises the risk of doing harm?
- Proactively supports efforts to build long-term stability?
These outputs are publicly distributable, comprising:
- A synthesis report, drawing together cross-cutting observations from all the work conducted. The version available here includes all of the research outputs appended, for one complete distributable document.
- An annotated bibliography, summarising findings from recent research relevant to the questions in the research ToR.
- Case study report: examining what can be learned from developing Afghanistan’s roads and power sectors since 2001.
- Case study report: examining the experience of infrastructure development in Somalia, including what can be achieved in a chronically unstable context.
- Case study report: findings from three case studies on urban WASH programming in fragile contexts: DRC, Sierra Leone and Somaliland. With additional material from Syria and Yemen.