This SLRC briefing paper summarises the findings of a working paper (SLRC Working Paper 8) exploring social protection and basic services (health, education and water) in fragile and conflict-affected situations and finds:
Evidence on social protection and service delivery in
conflict-affected situations is fairly limited and of variable
The claim that there is a causal link between service delivery and
state-building is frequently made but rarely evidenced.
Gaps remain in the guidance about how to deliver basic services in
volatile, low capacity situations, particularly in relation to
comparative costs and programme effectiveness.
Slater, R.; Mallett, R.; Carpenter, S. Social protection and basic services in conflict-affected situations: what do we know? SLRC Briefing Paper 2. Overseas Development Institute, London, UK (2012) 4 pp.