States of Fragility 2016 Highlights


One of the key findings of the OECD’s States of Fragility Highlights is that violence has a more substantial and complex relationship with fragility than previously understood. Figures from the upcoming OECD report, States of Fragility 2016, tell the story. The data shows that 2014 was the second-worst year for fatalities since the end of the Cold War; and that 2015 was the third worst. Breaking this deadly cycle requires nothing less than rethinking development assistance. What does that mean? It means developing a new, multi-dimensional model to measure and monitor fragility. The goal is to understand the forces behind the conflicts and poverty, from the rise of urban militias to widespread corruption. The authors argue that only by analysing what is broken will it be possible to know how to fix it. And it means targeting development finance in fragile contexts and conflict zones across all sectors to fill gaps and concentrate efforts.

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