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From Conflict to Recovery in Africa$
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Tony Addison

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261031

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261031.001.0001

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Reconstruction, Reform, and State Capacity in Guinea-Bissau

Reconstruction, Reform, and State Capacity in Guinea-Bissau

(p.206) 13 Reconstruction, Reform, and State Capacity in Guinea-Bissau
From Conflict to Recovery in Africa

Jens Kovsted

Finn Tarp

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the political economy of conflict and reconstruction in Guinea-Bissau. It discusses the problems of the state and reviews its post-independence history. It discusses the 1998–9 conflict and examines why a personal feud with the elite could degenerate into a national war with regional dimensions. It discusses why the Abuja peace agreement was flawed and summarizes the tasks that face national actors and donors in creating a state capable of directing the development process. The chapter concludes by stressing the wider implications of Guinea-Bissau's experience.

Keywords:   post-independence, Guinea-Bissau, conflict, national war, Abuja peace agreement

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