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Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS)


With the Woodrow Wilson School, the Bobst Center co-sponsors Innovations for Successful Societies, a program on building effective, accountable, inclusive institutions in challenging contexts.  The subject features in the most recent World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development, which highlights the links between institutional performance, violence, and community well-being.  The Center supports scholarship and policy-relevant research on this topic.

World Bank president Robert Zoellick has called the problem of building better governance in fragile states “the toughest development challenge of our era.”   “This is not security as usual, or development as usual,” he warned.  “Legitimacy in fragile situations is not just achieved through elections or agreements that share power among factions…Legitimacy must be achieved through performance.  It needs to be earned by delivering basic services, especially visible ones.  Clean up the garbage.”  

Since 2007, the Bobst Center and the Woodrow Wilson School have teamed up to address this challenge. To learn more about the program, please see the ISS website.