“Global Fragility Landscape” – World Bank

Concept Note – April 2019 :: 14 pages
Fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) has become the new development frontier. By 2030, at least half of the world’s poor people will be living in fragile and conflict-affected settings.1 The impact of FCV is particularly profound on the most vulnerable people and communities, whose livelihoods and economic opportunities are threatened. The global fragility landscape has worsened significantly, with more violent conflicts than at any time in the past 30 years; the largest forced displacement crisis since World War II; high levels of interpersonal and gang violence; and conflicts driving 80 percent of all humanitarian needs.

Today, conflict and violence impact more civilians than at any point over the last two decades. FCV
situations have a clear impact on poverty and, strikingly, the extreme poverty rate is rising only in fragile countries.2 In many contexts, this is due to large-scale violence, a collapse in basic services delivery, and the weakening of core state functions—dynamics that characterize most FCV situations and represent both a humanitarian and development challenge that calls for comprehensive and coordinated international responses. It will prove impossible to achieve the World Bank Group’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity unless fragility, conflict, and violence are tackled.

For these reasons, addressing FCV has become the core business of the World Bank Group (WBG)…

Building on the progress made over the past years, notably under IDA18 as well as in a number of MICs, the WBG’s FCV Strategy aims to identify a conceptual and operating framework and a set of priority actions over the next five years, with the ultimate goal of developing a more systematic
approach to strengthen the WBG’s support to client countries and vulnerable populations.

Recognizing the suffering of those affected by FCV, and lost opportunities that can span generations, this comprehensive Strategy will more clearly identify both what to do and how the institution can adapt to deliver to those in greatest need. It will discuss how to scale-up development efforts to address the underlying drivers of FCV and enhance the WBG’s impact in FCV settings.

This Concept Note outlines proposed areas of focus for the FCV Strategy. It outlines the global and institutional FCV context; explains the rationale for, and objectives of, the Strategy; presents key
focus areas; introduces preliminary options to address operational challenges; and lays out the Strategy development process…

Press Release
World Bank Group Launches Worldwide Consultations on Future Strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2019 — The World Bank Group today announced the launch of global consultations to inform the development of its first formal strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV). Consultations will be held in more than 30 countries, covering all World Bank Group regions, between April and June 2019, with a final strategy expected in November.

The consultations will focus on gathering perspectives in countries faced with diverse FCV challenges, as well as in countries that support World Bank Group programs in FCV settings. They will aim to capture lessons learned and best practices for reducing fragility, conflict and violence and promoting peace and prosperity. Inputs gathered from representatives of government, civil society organizations, international partners, the private sector and others, will be integrated into a comprehensive operational strategy focused on addressing the drivers of fragility and maximizing the World Bank Group’s support for affected people and communities.

The development of a World Bank Group FCV strategy comes at a pivotal time: By 2030, at least half of the world’s poor will live in fragile and conflict-affected settings. The strategy will therefore support the World Bank Group’s goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. The strategy is being developed jointly by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the World Bank. It will cover the period from 2020 to 2025.

“To achieve our goal of ending extreme poverty, we must focus on people living in countries that suffer from conflict and fragility,” said World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva. “Our new strategy aims to address the underlying causes of fragility and invest in the long-term development that helps create the conditions for peace and prosperity”.

The consultations will be conducted in two phases: From April to June 2019, stakeholders will be asked to provide feedback on the FCV strategy concept through face-to-face meetings and by completing an online questionnaire. From August to September 2019, a draft of the proposed FCV strategy will be shared online for feedback. Throughout the process, the public is invited to share questions and comments by email and via social media channels, using the hashtag #fragility2stability…