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Paul Collier, former director of the World Bank’s Development Research Group and current director of the the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford, gave a TED presentation at the State Department on rebuilding broken nations. He says when long conflict has wrecked a country, peacekeeping is needed to build security ad hoc, followed by focussing on three immediate areas to develop over the long term: Jobs (especially construction) to rebuild the skillset; health and basic social services co-branded by the government and NGOs; and clean government, meaning that a lot of technical assistance will need to follow any money given, ie “Accountants without Borders”.

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