Fragile States

DAI’s fragile states work, led by the Center for Secure and Stable States, builds on our global reputation for innovative post-crisis assistance to support political transition, ensure short-term stability operations, prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE), and lay the foundation for long-term development in fragile, crisis-stricken states.

Stabilization

In transition environments, it’s critical that community revitalization efforts are driven by community members. We identify key groups committed to peaceful, participatory reform. We strengthen locally driven conflict mitigation efforts. And we help communities seize opportunities for economic recovery.

Our approach focuses on implementing rapid response initiatives that engage stakeholders in reconciliation and stabilization processes that build a base for long-term development. We seek to rebuild social capital through work with community institutions and support to culturally sensitive activities. We work with organizations and individuals to strengthen their capacity. We promote economic recovery and economic growth by engaging with the private sector.

When crises develop, we adapt quickly, deploying staff and funds and adapting program interventions as needed. We respond to a range of needs, from micro-projects at the community level to provincial, national, and even regional work with a variety of organizations and partners.

Our Experts


Leland Howard is the Strategic Recruitment Manager for DAI’s Center for Secure and Stable States.

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Greg Maly has spent his career working at the intersection of global development and diplomacy, technology, and the arts.

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John Sampson has 11 years of experience leading complex, high-speed programs in conflict, post-conflict, and fragile environments, including stability and transition, countering violent extremism, governance, emergency assistance, crisis management, infrastructure, and civil-military coordination programs.

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With a background in conflict management, political science, and governance, Aaron Sheldon brings more than 10 years of experience to technical and operational assignments.

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Heather Skilling has more than 25 years of experience in strengthening water and sanitation service delivery through analytic, project design, evaluation, and consulting work with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the U.K. Department for International Development, private consulting firms, and others.

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Bruce Spake directs DAI’s service offerings in the emerging Stability Operations field with the Department of Defense and in Crisis Mitigation and Recovery projects with USAID and other donors.

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Elizabeth Villarroel has 13 years of programmatic and operations experience in designing, managing, monitoring, and assessing programs in conflict and post-conflict environments.

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Our Projects


Afghanistan—Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience (SHAHAR)

SHAHAR is helping create well-governed, fiscally sustainable Afghan municipalities capable of meeting the needs of growing urban populations.

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Guatemala—Nexos Locales

Nexos Locales works with municipalities in Guatemala’s Western Highlands to foster more responsive, inclusive, and effective socio-economic development while reducing local vulnerabilities such as food insecurity and natural disasters. To achieve this goal, the project works at the intersection—or nexos—of good governance.

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Liberia—Accountability and Voice Initiative (LAVI)

The Liberia Accountability and Voice Initiative is improving the citizen-state relationship in Liberia by supporting coalitions and advocacy campaigns that promote public sector accountability.

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Nigeria—State Partnership for Accountable, Responsive, and Capable Government (SPARC); Accountable, Responsive, and Capable Government (ARC)

The Accountable, Responsive, and Capable Government (ARC) programme supports the Nigerian government in more effectively managing resources and providing more responsive and accountable services to its citizens.

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Pakistan—Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governance Program (KPG)

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governance Program (KPG) assists the provincial government and civil society organizations to improve local government service and better serve citizens.

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Uganda—Governance, Accountability, Participation, and Performance Program (GAPP)

The Governance, Accountability, Participation, and Performance Program (GAPP) works to improve the legal, policy, regulatory, and institutional environment in Uganda to enhance democratic governance and the engagement of citizens with their local governments.

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Zimbabwe—Transparency, Responsiveness, Accountability, and Citizen Engagement (TRACE) Fund

Now might be the time for Zimbabwe improve on its record of access to justice, human rights, and responsiveness to citizens’ needs.

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Sri Lanka—Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project (SDGAP)

Sri Lanka’s new government has taken bold steps toward political and social change, including reinforcing the central role of parliament, and has introduced and bolstered independent oversight commissions.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo—Integrated Governance Activity (IGA)

The Integrated Governance Activity is helping local governments to improve public services and establish trust with their citizens, as well as training civil society groups to better advocate their needs to elected officials.

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