High-Quality Service Delivery through Institutional Innovation

The provision of high-quality services is critical for enhancing the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable. In addition to governments, a growing number of new actors and institutional innovations exist in the area of service delivery. As such, SIG research con- siders a broad range of innovations, including decentralized governance, public-private partnerships, and civil society service provision from nongovernmental and non-profit organizations. In doing so, it aims to determine under which conditions and in which sectors certain institutional arrangements are more feasible than others and when they are more likely to result in high- quality services relevant for enhancing agricultural productivity, increasing food security, and improving health and education outcomes.