This report is a comparative study of donor of approaches to risk
management in fragile and conflict affected states. The findings are
based on evidence from 4 case study countries: Democratic Republic of
Congo, South Sudan, Somalia and Nepal (and additional examples drawn
from Myanmar, Afghanistan and Haiti). The study was commissioned by the
INCAF Task Team on Implementation and Reform, which identified a need to
complement ongoing policy level work on risk management with evidence
from the field on how donors manage risk in practice and identification
of innovative practices.
The research set out to address three questions:
(1) How do donors act in response to various categories of risk, and
how does this affect the impact of aid programmes?
(2) What factors explain why they respond to risks in these ways?
(3) What examples can be found of effective risk management practices
in different countries and what explains their success?
This report begins with a brief explanation of risk and risk management
concepts, and the methodology used in the study. The next sections (4-6)
then examine case study evidence on each of the three research questions
listed above. The study concludes with general recommendations on how
donors can strengthen risk management in fragile and conflict affected
Williams, G.; Burke, A.; Wille, C. Donor Approaches to Risk in Fragile and Conflict Affected States. Synthesis Report. The Policy Practice Limited, Brighton, UK (2013) 63 pp.