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Capable and legitimate governance institutions are critical for ending cycles of violence and instability in fragile and conflict-affected states. Following last year's bilateral aid review, the coalition Government are committed to strengthening governance and security in all 21 fragile and conflict-affected states where we work. The Government will spend approximately 16% of their bilateral programme on governance and security-related activities over the next four years. This includes programmes to:
(a) Support elections, parliaments and democratic governance;
(b) Empower citizens to take control of their own affairs and hold governments to account;
(c) Improve security and justice for poor people, and reduce violence against women;
(d) Build the capacity of national and local level governments to deliver health, education and other key services;
(e) Promote effective and sustainable tax systems which strengthen accountability and facilitate the exit from aid.