Education in Fragile States: Capturing Lessons and Identifying Good Practice

Published on 1 May 2006

Prepared for the DAC Fragile States Group Service Delivery Workstream Sub-Team for Education Services

The DAC characterises fragile states as countries with poor governance as identified by a lack of political commitment and/or weak capacity to develop and implement pro-poor policies; fragile states also often experience violent conflict. The DAC framework categorises fragile states as follows:

  • Deterioration (Conflict/risk of conflict; Declining capacity and/or will)
  • Arrested development (Lack of will; Moderate or high capacity)
  • Post-conflict transition (Risk of conflict; Low capacity; High or low will)
  • Early recovery (May be post-conflict or not; High will but low capacity)

This paper examines how development assistance in these four environments can enhance access to quality basic education for the poor and vulnerable, at the same time improving governance and thereby mitigating the risks of fragility, and increasing the effectiveness of future aid.


Martin Greeley

Research Fellow


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