Contracting Out Government Functions and Services

Emerging Lessons from Post-Conflict and Fragile Situations

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This second volume of the Partnership for Democratic Governance Series investigates whether ‘contracting out’ core government functions and services has been conducive to capacity development. Each case study discusses the evidence and emerging lessons of contracting out in fragile and post-conflict situations.

The chapters contained in this publication first appeared as contributions to the Partnership for Democratic Governance's collaborative online platform, PDF Online. Through this platform, users are able to post comments on discussion papers, send messages to the authors and easily find ifnormation relevant to the topics covered in this publication.

Selected as a 2009 Notable Document by the American Library Association Government Documents Round Table.



Contracting out Core State Functions and Services in Fragile and Post-Conflict Situations

A Transitional Arrangement or an Option for Long-Term Delivery?

Given current international debates about state building and adherence to “do no harm” principles, an exploration of the potential and pitfalls of contracting out state functions is timely. Often contracting out is presented as an interim or transitional strategy – urgent functions are performed by external agencies while state capacity is developed to take on these functions over time.


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