How task complexity affects project success
When can external actors intervene to improve public health in areas of limited statehood? In the current issue of Governance, Marco Schäferhoff argues that task complexity plays a critical role in determining the prospects for success. Schäferhoff examines the work of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in different regions of Somalia. Simple but important tasks, such as malaria prevention and tuberculosis treatment, could be accomplished even in areas where state authority has long been absent. But the likelihood of success in such regions declined substantially for more complex tasks, such as AIDS treatment, that require many interventions by a number of entities. Read the article.