The Missing Link - Fostering Positive Citizen-State Relations in Post-Conflict Environments [Policy Brief].


The 'Missing Link' (World Bank 2008) relates the value of public sphere processes to the challenges of post-conflict environments. Demonstrating the shortcomings of current assistance approaches with evidence from the field, it makes a case for much needed change in current donor policy and practice. A public sphere analysis is conducted of case studies from Timor-Leste, Liberia and Burundi and recommendations on how to address the specific challenges observed are made. This brief outlines the publication's contents and highlights the key challenges and policy recommendations.


Brief for Policymakers, Communication for Governance and Accountability Program, 6 pp.

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