Institute for State Effectiveness

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Institute for State Effectiveness
Abbreviation ISE
Motto Citizen-Centered Approaches to State and Market
Formation 2005
Type Non-governmental organization
Headquarters 600 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Clare Lockhart

The Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE) is a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C. that seeks to address the challenge of accountability and governance through a system-building approach across governments, markets and people.[1]

Leadership and history[edit]

ISE was founded in 2005 by Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart. Mr. Ghani served as chairman until 2011,[2] when he returned to Afghanistan to lead the Afghan Transition Team. [3] As of April 2014, Ms. Lockhart serves as CEO of ISE.[4] The Institute's work has focused on Afghanistan[5] as well as through East Africa and Central Asia, and across international markets.

Organizational goals[edit]

The Institute uses a citizen-centered perspective to rethink the fundamentals of the relationship between citizens, the state and the market in the context of globalization. The organization feels that stability and prosperity in our interdependent world demand a new global compact to ensure that the billions of people currently excluded become stakeholders in the emerging political and economic order.


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  2. ^ Watching D.C. From Kabul National Public Radio. June 29, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  3. ^ [1] ISE. "Our Story." 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  4. ^ 21st century state-building Australian Broadcasting Company. March 18, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2011
  5. ^ Former Afghan Prime Minister Weighs U.S. Troop Surge National Public Radio. December 3, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2011.