Reconstructing a Fragile State

Date: December 2008
Type: Reports
Series: Capacity Development Series
ISBN: 978-971-561-760-4 (print)


Emerging from the ethnic tensions that tore the Solomon Islands apart from 1998 to 2003, the country’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) faced a number of serious challenges. Given the vast needs in the country it was also called upon to take a leading role in post-conflict reconstruction and providing some of the foundations for economic renewal. This case study examines how capacity issues were addressed within MID in the post-conflict period and how the sense of crisis which prevailed in the country opened up opportunities to explore new institutional arrangements and ways of addressing infrastructure issues.


  • Foreword
  • Solomon Islands Facts
  • Introduction
  • Declining Capacity (from Bad to Worse) 
  • Restoring Confidence
  • Enhancing Sector Capacity in the Post-Conflict Period 
  • Reflections and Analysis