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Public Finance, Security, and Development: A Framework and an Application to Afghanistan

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  • Byrd, William

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    (The World Bank)

  • Guimbert, Stephane

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    (The World Bank)

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    Security is increasingly viewed as a key condition for economic growth and development. The authors argue that the work and impact of all development partners would be enhanced if the multiple linkages between public finance, security, and development were explicitly taken into account. At the extreme, in some cases better public finance management could have more impact on security than would more troops. The paper first outlines three core linkages between security and development--through the investment climate, human and social capital, and institutions. The authors then propose three complementary tools to analyze the security sector from the point of view of public finance management, service delivery, and governance. This conceptual framework is applied to the case of Afghanistan. The paper closes by drawing some conclusions about possible entry points for dialogue in this difficult area.

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4806.

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    Length: 43 pages
    Date of creation: 02 Jan 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4806

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    Keywords: access to education; access to employment; access to information; access to resources; accountability; accounting; adverse consequences; adverse effects; affordability; Aid Effectiveness;

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