In terms of the Research programme, BSI focuses on producing cutting edge research drawing expertise across ODI on public financial management in fragile states. The focus of our research is primarily concerned with 3 main areas:

  1. How do Budgeting and public finance management work in Fragile States?
  2. How do reforms work, and how could they be made to work better?
  3. How can external actors enable and support positive change?

Key examples of BSI research can be seen in the OECD-funded paper on “The use of innovative aid instruments in support of Peacebuilding and State-building” (International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and State-building, June 2011) which has produced an ODI briefing paper “Getting better results from assistance to fragile states” (ODI Briefing Paper, November 2011). These papers provided key background elements for the preparation of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, which was adopted during the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness at the Busan conference of November 30th 2011.