ISE Chairman Ashraf Ghani and CEO Clare Lockhart ranked 20th in Global Poll, "for having the courage to call out failed states -- and then try to fix them"
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Today between 40 and 60 states, home to close to two billion people, suffer from a "sovereignty gap": they are not able to perform the functions expected of a state in the 21st century.
The world’s worst problems—terrorism, drug and human trafficking, absolute poverty, ethnic conflict, disease, and genocide—originate in such states. The international community has devoted billions of dollars and significant military resources in efforts to mitigate this problem, but in large part this effort has not succeeded.
Stability and prosperity in our interdependent world demand a new compact to ensure that the billions of people currently excluded from globalization become stakeholders in the emerging political and economic order through creating binding ties between citizen, the state and the market. Despite decades of painful experience, the international community has not yet formulated or agreed upon a coherent strategy nor a set of coordinated interventions for supporting this approach in the most fragile states.
A CITIZEN CENTERED APPROACH
The ISE approach distills conceptual thinking, historical analysis and first-hand field experience with dialogue across networks of individuals and organizations in the realms of civil society, government, business, technology and academia. The Institute has developed critical tools and frameworks that allow us to combine contextualized analysis with comparative perspective to provide actionable policy advice.
ISE provides practical country-level support to state-building processes, offers concrete advice to policy-makers, provides practical tools including tailored metrics of success and failure, brings together networks and organizations to further refine thinking on issues of state effectiveness and supports training for managers and leaders of state transitions. ISE searches for innovative approaches that have practical relevance for donors and national governments, and is uniquely placed to translate these approaches across country contexts.