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The GRC Exchange Information Database contains brief, policy oriented summaries of the best writing on governance, identifying major findings and implications, providing contact information on the author and associated organisations, and links to the full text online or via the document delivery service.

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The Information Database allows you to narrow your search by Key Capability, document type, country and region, sector or by operating a free text search. You may search by each of these categories individually or in combination.

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Step 4: You will then be taken to the full document summary page, which includes links to author, organisation and funder contact details, and includes links to the full text. For details on how to access the full document, see below: GRC Topic Index

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Latest additions

Conflict:

Community Development and Democratisation through Information Technology

Security Sector Reform. Moving the Agenda Forward

Are PRSPs Making A Difference? The African Experience

Buying Peace or Fuelling War: The Role of Corruption in Armed Conflicts

Governance and Conflict Management: Implications for Donor Intervention

Does Inequality Cause Conflict?

A Scoping Study of Transitional Justice and Poverty Reduction

Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Key Issues in Governance

Explaining the Ultimate Escalation in Rwanda: How and Why Tutsi Rebels Provoked a Retaliatory Genocide

The PRSP Process: What Next ?

Political Systems:

Security Sector Reform. Moving the Agenda Forward

The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics

Are PRSPs Making A Difference? The African Experience

Rethinking Civil Service Reform

Promoting Good Governance with Social Funds and Decentralisation

Local Institutional and Political Structures and Processes: Recent Experience in Africa

Monitoring Fiscal Risks of Subnational Governments

Governance and Conflict Management: Implications for Donor Intervention

Reforming Tax Systems: Lessons from the 1990s

Decentralization and Governance: Does Decentralization Improve Public Service Delivery?

Public Financial Mgmt:

Features and Functions of Supreme Audit Institutions

Security Sector Reform. Moving the Agenda Forward

The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics

Programme Support And Public Finance Management : A New Role For Bilateral Donors In Poverty Strategy Work

Accrual Budgeting And Accounting In Government And Its Relevance For Developing Member Countries

Are PRSPs Making A Difference? The African Experience

Public Spending on Health Care in Africa: Do the Poor Benefit?

Buying Peace or Fuelling War: The Role of Corruption in Armed Conflicts

Promoting Good Governance with Social Funds and Decentralisation

Crisis Prevention and Crisis Management: The Role of Regulatory Governance

Service Delivery:

Automating Personnel Records for Improved Management of Human Resources: the Experience of Three African Governments

Community Development and Democratisation through Information Technology

Privatization in Africa: What has Happened? What is to be Done?

The Challenge of Public Sector Reform in EC Accession Countries: Reflections from the Baltics

The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics

Are PRSPs Making A Difference? The African Experience

Public Spending on Health Care in Africa: Do the Poor Benefit?

Rethinking Civil Service Reform

Promoting Good Governance with Social Funds and Decentralisation

Local Institutional and Political Structures and Processes: Recent Experience in Africa

SSAJ:

Community Development and Democratisation through Information Technology

Security Sector Reform. Moving the Agenda Forward

The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics

Are PRSPs Making A Difference? The African Experience

Governance and Conflict Management: Implications for Donor Intervention

Reforming Tax Systems: Lessons from the 1990s

Access to Justice: the English Experience with Small Claims

Reforming Civil Justice Systems: Trends in Industrial Countries

A Scoping Study of Transitional Justice and Poverty Reduction

Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Key Issues in Governance

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The preparation and selection of material held on the Information Database is overseen by the GRC's Content Advisory Group.

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