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State and services in South Sudan

“Livelihoods, access to services and perceptions of governance: An analysis of Pibor county, South Sudan from the perspective of displaced people” Working paper 23, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, Feinstein International Center, September 2014.

This research paper addresses three questions:

How do people’s perceptions, expectations and experiences of the state in conflict-affected situations affect state legitimacy, state ability to provide social protection and services, and under what circumstances does this lead to state-building?

How do international actors interact with the state and attempt to build the capacity of state institutions to deliver social protection and basic services?

What do livelihood trajectories in fragile and conflict-affected situations tell us about how governments and aid agencies can more effectively support people to make a secure living?


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