Evidence-informed policy in post-conflict contexts: Nepal, Peru and Serbia

Research reports and studies
September 2009

There is a pressing need to promote greater understanding of the intersection between govern-ance practices and developmental outcomes. In order to contribute to meeting this need, this report summarizes case studies from three diverse post-conflict contexts on the production and use of governance evidence at both the general and sectoral levels. Governance evidence is defined as systematic knowledge about governance challenges and the effectiveness of govern-ance policies in addressing them. While the country case studies are published separately, this summary paper synthesizes the key country experiences. It begins by providing a brief over-view of the specific social, economic and political contexts for each country as well as a very short history of each country‘s respective conflict(s). It then turns in section two to an analysis of dynamics of the production, communication and uptake of governance evidence in the post-conflict period in each country. We draw on the RAPID framework, which emphasises that an understanding of the knowledge-policy interface needs to consider the political context, the quality and packaging of evidence, and linkages between knowledge and policy actors. These dynamics are considered at a general level and are then explored in more depth using a social sector case study (either education or social protection). Section three is a comparative discus-sion of these dynamics using ananalytical framework on sector-specific evidence-informed pol-icy processes presented in the companion literature review paper (see Jones et al., 2009). Fi-nally in section four, the paper offers suggestions for further research in the area of research-informed evidence and governance policy development in post-conflict countries.

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