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‘Power and Fragility: Governance Programming in Fragile Contexts’ is based on work by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)and brings together power and political economy analysis, and other research, undertaken in Rwanda, Myanmar, Yemen and Angola – in order to draw broader lessons for Oxfam for work on governance and citizenship in fragile contexts. The guide is written for Oxfam Country Directors and Programme Managers and aims to provide practical support in the design and management of governance programmes. It may also be of interest to the wider development community. ‘Power and Fragility’ provides guidance on how to identify where power lies, both ‘within’ and ‘without’ the state (ie armed actors, religious groups, economic interest), and points to the need for continued analysis across all levels of governance (local, regional, national) to identify entry points, windows of opportunity, and strategies for change.

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