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Reformist! don’t overlook the risks.

It has been a great concern for the states emerging from conflict to create Institutions that can deliver public goods and services. In the stabilization period -which is the most critical part of the peace-building- certain rules are sett as part of the peace agreements, therefore, state Institutions are created based on these rules. The real concern is when the stabilization and state formation process takes more than 20 years to complete, because by the time Institutions are expected to function properly you find the setup of state-society relationships transformed or forces calling for reforms emerge as a result of other social, economical or political developments happen over the period. This represents a serious challenge for weak states, particularly those are in the fragility status.

At the very least, reformists should take account of the transformations these efforts could bring in the state society relationship. Arguably, this is the part of the job we are not doing it right rather than doing the right thing. Evidences show that cases in South Sudan and Somaliland despite their different contexts proved to have challenges in dealing with reform projects.

It is off a great concern the way traditional leaders in some part of the country has publicly debated on the service delivery capacity particularly the Civil Servants and public policy representation based on clan when government claims a big transformation in the public services. This explains that what matters in the state society relationship may not be the efficiency and effectiveness of public servants but the impact it has on the legitimacy capacity of the state.

 

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