Dean Cira has worked extensively across the World Bank on projects and analytical work, particularly in East Asia, Latin America, Europe and Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, including in Fragile and Conflict States. Dean’s work has focused on urban poverty, slum upgrading, service delivery, affordable housing, urban infrastructure and disaster risk management. Dean has held leadership…
Dr. Natalia Kanem is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. She has more than 30 years of strategic leadership experience in the fields of preventive medicine, public and reproductive health, social justice and philanthropy. Dr. Kanem joined the United Nations in 2014 as…
How can we help the weakest countries and those affected by violence and conflict respond to the #Coronavirus pandemic?
Economic growth, stronger institutions and social cohesion will be vital in helping the weakest regions recover from #Coronavirus. Join our Senior Director Franck Bousquet as he discusses the challenges.
The Fragility Forum 2020 Seminar Series is a virtual and interactive series of events organized by the World Bank to share practical solutions and explore innovative ways of responding to the most challenging FCV issues of our times.
As we formally close this year’s Fragility Forum, we will reflect on key takeaways relevant to future engagements in fragile contexts and the importance of sharing lessons learned to foster sustainable change. We will also advocate in favor of stronger partnerships across humanitarian, development and peace actors to respond to the impacts of COVID19, and for increased support to low- and middle-income countries exposed to fragilities to boost resilience and to lead more potent and adapted strategies in preventing conflict and mitigating its impacts.
Welcome to the Fragility Forum
View the Fragility Forum 2020 Kickoff Session from June 9 2020
View the Fragility Forum 2020 Session from June 23 2020
View the Fragility Forum 2020 Session | Afghanistan Crossroads: Troop Withdrawals, Taliban Expansion and Declining Foreign Assistance from July 21 2020
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COVID-19 has overwhelmed some of the world’s most robust healthcare systems and imperiled its richest economies. For countries experiencing fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV), COVID-19 adds even greater stress, threatening to reverse decades of advancements in poverty reduction and development. In these settings, the fallout from the pandemic may strain the social fabric in ways that deepen fragility and exacerbate protracted crises—with potentially devastating impacts on the health and livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Join United States Institute of Peace and the World Bank Group as we examine international efforts to respond to the first- and second-order impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in fragile states. Panelists will draw lessons from other recent outbreaks to consider what works in tackling pandemics on the ground in FCV settings, as well as how actors can work together to ensure responses to the COVID-19 crisis do not exacerbate existing drivers of fragility. ...
Why is addressing fragility and conflict critical for meeting poverty goals? Join us to discuss the new global report that presents new estimates of economic welfare in fragile and conflict-affected situations and analyzes the multidimensional nature of poverty in these settings. After a brief presentation of the report’s findings by the lead author, the high-level panel will discuss implications for the fight against poverty.
Read the report here: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/publication/fragility-conflict-on-the-front-lines-fight-against-poverty
Welcome to Behind the Mission, the World Bank Group’s new series on LinkedIn where we discuss current career opportunities and hear from staff about their experiences. The Bank aims to scale up its presence in Fragile, Conflict and Violence (FCV) settings, filling over 100 positions this year. We went live with Geremie Sawadogo, Recruitment Manager from Human Resources at the World Bank Group, and Rebekka Grunn, Senior Economist for Social Protection and Labor in Africa at the World Bank. They answered questions about these job openings and told us what it’s like to work in FCV settings. Please follow this link to learn more about our recruitment campaign to support countries facing Fragility, Conflict and Violence: https://lnkd.in/dbPZJB7
Private businesses often are a bulwark against chaos in difficult situations—such as in the case of refugees from Syria that have escaped to Lebanon and other countries, or in fragile countries such as Somalia that are emerging from many years of conflict. To help refugees from countries experiencing ongoing conflict, entrepreneur Aline Sara launched NaTakallam, a social enterprise that hires displaced people who are highly educated and digitally connected to perform freelance professional services including tutoring and language instruction.
After four years, NaTakallam has earned more than $1 million in sales and paid $650,000 to refugees, Sara said at a World Bank panel discussion about the Private Sector and Fragile States. Her suggestion for private enterprises operating in difficult situations is to focus on short-term solutions, take small risks at first, and then grow from there. Other members of the panel—representing donor governments, recipient governments, and private investors—offered advice about investing in fragile states.
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What is the unique role of development in crisis settings? As the World Bank Group develops its strategy for fragility, conflict and violence, it brought together Aïchatou Boulama Kané (Minister of Planning, Niger,) Henrietta Fore (Executive Director, UNICEF,) Nancy Lindborg (President and CEO, U.S. Institute for Peace) and WB Managing Director of Operations, Axel van Trotsenburg to discuss how its long-term approach complements humanitarian agencies, governments, civil society, the private sector and other actors in fragile situations.
Here are the of the points raised:
Since FCV situations are protracted, no one has the luxury of seeing development as something that starts in the post-conflict phase—it is part of the overall response to crisis.
Conflict prevention is perhaps most important – social and economic exclusion, justice and security are essential to avoid societal fragmentation which can lead to conflict. The private sector, especially local enterprises, provide the jobs that are critical to economic betterment and hope.
Country ownership – While ...
Sub-Saharan African countries host the second largest number of refugees in the world, with nearly 6.6 million displaced people as of 2018. Despite open borders, progressive refugee policies and the support of development organizations and host communities, many refugees still have limited access to services such as education and health care, hindering their ability to develop the skills needed for self-reliance or to contribute to the betterment of their host communities and home countries. What will it take to expand access to education, health care and skills development among refugee communities?