Huybens, Elisabeth

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Last updated: January 31, 2023
Elisabeth Huybens, a Belgian national, joined the World Bank in February 2000 as an economist in the Africa Region. Since then she has held various positions in the Africa, East Asia Pacific, and Europe Central Asia regions, as well as the Social Development and the Sustainable Development Network. Her most recent assignment was as Practice Manager in the Urban, Rural & Social Development Global Practice. In this new position, Elisabeth’s three top priorities will be to maintain the policy dialogue around reforms that foster increased competitiveness, better service delivery, and improved sector governance; manage the Yaounde office and lead staff and the country team to provide innovative and quick support to client governments, including under several reimbursable advisory services, and contribute to regional and corporate initiatives.  

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    Institutions Taking Root : Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts
    (World Bank Group, Washington, DC, 2014-09-09) Barma, Naazneen H.; Huybens, Elisabeth; Vinuela, Lorena; Barma, Naazneen H.; Huybens, Elizabeth; Viñuela, Lorena
    Building and operating successful public institutions is a perennial and long-term challenge for governments, which is compounded by the volatile conditions found in fragile settings. Yet some government agencies do manage to take root and achieve success in delivering results earning legitimacy and forging resilience in otherwise challenging contexts. Drawing on mixed-method empirical research carried out on nine public agencies in Lao PDR, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Timor Leste, this volume identifies the shared causal mechanisms underpinning institutional success in fragile states by examining the inner workings of these institutions, along with the external operational environment and sociopolitical context in which they exist. Successful institutions share and deploy a common repertoire of internal and external operational strategies. In addition they connect this micro-institutional repertoire to the macro-sociopolitical context along three discernible pathways to institutional success. Institutional development is a heavily contextual, dynamic, and non-linear process but certain actionable lessons emerge for policy-makiers and development partners.