15th Fragility States Index: Measuring Fragility

The 15th Fragility States Index (FSI) annually highlights the current trends in social, economic and political pressures that affect all states, but can strain some beyond their capacity to cope. Linking robust social science with modern technology, the FSI is unique in its integration of quantitative data with data produced using content-analysis software, processing information from millions of publicly available documents.

The result is an empirically-based, comprehensive ranking of the pressures experienced by 178 nations. The Index is used by policy makers, civil society, academics, journalists, investors, and businesses around the world.

Fund for Peace launched the Fragile States Index 2019 in Geneva on Wednesday, 10 April and discussed the findings of the 15th Fragile States Index, published in conjunction with The New Humanitarian, and its relevance to the humanitarian sector at the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding. This joint event featured a briefing on the FSI and its findings for 2019 and a panel discussion on the changing humanitarian focus on fragile states and the role of the media in chronicling the immediate and long-term impact of social, political, and economic pressures on lives and livelihoods around the world.

Follow the link to read more about the Fragile State Index or to watch the video of the FSI 2019 launch.


The Hague Good Practices on the Nexus between Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism

At the Fifteenth Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Coordinating Committee in Malaga that is took from 13-14 March 2019, the Netherlands launched a Policy Toolkit developed by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) with the view of operationalizing the GCTF The Hague Good Practices on the Nexus between Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism. 

The toolkit provides local practitioners, policymakers and other governmental experts with a practical tool for the use and implementation of the Good Practices to address the challenge of the Nexus in various regions.

The Policy Toolkit is aimed at supporting concerned Member States in better understanding and addressing the nexus between transnational organized crime and terrorism.

To read more about the policy toolkit The Hague Good Practices on the Nexus between Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism, please follow the link provided.


The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Global Network

The Displacement Tracking Matrix(DTM) is a system to track and monitor displacement and population mobility. It is designed to regularly and systematically capture, process and disseminate information to provide a better understanding of the movements and evolving needs of displaced populations, whether on site or en route.

Conceptualized in 2004 in Iraq, for the IDP assessments and monitoring exercises, the DTM has been continuously refined and enhanced through years of operational experience in countries in both conflict and natural disaster settings. It delivers essential role in providing primary data and information on displacement, both in country and at the global level.

Follow the link to read more about the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).


Enhancing accountability for peaceful, just and inclusive societies: Practical guidance for civil society reporting on SDG16+

Since 2015, Saferworld has worked with civil society and governments to translate the 2030 Agenda commitments to peaceful, just and inclusive societies into action.

For the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved, governments and other stakeholders must be accountable for the commitments agreed in 2015. Reporting by civil society on national progress towards the SDGs is critical for ensuring accountability, and provides an important complement to official accounts of progress.

This briefing provides practical guidance for civil society organisations to develop independent reports on progress towards the goal of peaceful, just and inclusive societies, referred to as SDG16+. The guidance is in two parts: the first outlines a series of steps for developing a report, and the second proposes a structure for the report’s content.

Follow the link to access the practical guidance for Enhancing accountability for peaceful, just and inclusive societies.


Gender & Security Sector Reform Toolkit

Security sector reform (SSR) is increasingly prioritised by governments, and on the agenda of international development, peace and security communities. SSR opens a window of possibility to transform security policies, institutions and programmes, creating opportunities to integrate gender issues.

The integration of gender issues is being recognised as a key to operational effectiveness, local ownership and strengthened oversight. For example, increasing the recruitment of female staff, preventing human rights violations, and collaborating with women'€s organisations contribute to creating an efficient, accountable and participatory security sector, which responds to the specific needs of men, women, girls and boys.

Despite this recognition of the importance of integrating gender issues in SSR, there has been a lack of resources on the topic. This Toolkit is an initial response to the need for information and analysis on gender and SSR. It is designed to provide policymakers and practitioners with a practical introduction to why gender issues are important in SSR and what can be done to integrate them.

Each SSR context is unique. As such, the strategies and recommendations provided in the Toolkit may not always be directly applicable, and should always be adapted to the local context.

For more information on the Gender & Security Sector Reform Toolkit, please follow the link provided.