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Within and Without the State aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of civil society programming in fragile and conflict-affected settings.
A third of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people live in fragile or conflict-affected settings, where there is little capacity or will to deliver public goods or services. These countries are also often chronically-affected by conflicts and their aftermath and amongst the most challenging places for development agencies to work.
Within and Without the State is a three-year global initiative that aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of programming in fragile and conflict-affected settings. The project has a global knowledge and learning component, which aims to:
Within and Without the State works in four focus countries:
The project works to build the capacity of civil society partners in these countries in order to identify and respond to specific challenges within their local fragile settings.
An 'outer circle' of conflict-affected and fragile countries is exploring how to engage with a broad range of state and non-state actors at multiple levels.
It is funded by UK aid through the Department for International Development's (DFID) Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) for work on conflict, security and justice, and humanitarian issues.
Our core publications are shown in the carousel below. However we've also created a number of leaflets to explain elements of our work.
Can Oxfam tackle gender inequality in conflict-affected countries? Here, Louie Fooks explains why working on gender inequality is not only possible,... Read more
Long term governance programming in fragile contexts is painstaking but rewarding work. Rama Anthony shares experiences from South Sudan and... Read more
This week the Within and Without the State (WWS) programme is sharing its experience from South Sudan at a UNDP expert practitioners meeting in New... Read more
After a difficult start, Oxfam's fragile states project Within and Without the State has been making significant and exciting progress in... Read more
Zimbabwe is currently re-writing its constitution and women in Zimbabwe have seized the opportunity to push for equality and women's rights.
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