Kolbe and McKechnie: How can we work more effectively with fragile states?
How has the economic crisis impacted fragile states and what are the implications for development? How can donors respond to these states and their societies given the severely low levels of governance? Are there local capacities or "islands of excellence" even in the most underdeveloped states? How can we better leverage the private sector to support governance, growth, and stability? During the 2009 IMF and the World Bank Meetings in Istanbul, these challenges were discussed by Senior Transatlantic Fellow Jim Kolbe and Alastair McKechnie, Director of the World Bank's Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Group and former country director in Afghanistan.