We don’t ordinarily think of multinational corporations as providers of collective services in areas of limited statehood. But Jana Hönke and Christian Thauer report in the current issue of Governance that this isn’t always the case. They examine multinationals in the South African car industry that help with the fight against HIV/AIDS and mining firms in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congro that are trying to improve public security. Two factors are critical to the success of such initiatives. They must have validation from domestic authorities. And they must be highly institutionalized. Read the article.