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.



Keynote Speech by Professor Paul Collier

Professor Paul Collier of Oxford University addressed participants at the PDG/AfDB’s Conference on Contracting Out Core Government Functions and Services in Post-Conflict and Fragile Situations on the need for new and innovative thinking on service delivery. He called for the developing countries, civil society and donors to re-visit the typical western European model of full service delivery through state ministries, exploring a range of options, including independent service authorities for managing, assessing and regulating diverse actors.


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