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Fragility and Conflict: On the Front Lines of the Fight against Poverty

March 2020 / Stephanie GuhaPoverty and Social Development Policy Advisor, Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section, ​SDC​ 

The fight against poverty will not be won without addressing fragility and conflict. While the world has made impressive progress in poverty reduction in the past 20 years, globally, the prevalence of fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS) continues to rise. This new World Bank report estimates that by 2030 up to two thirds of the global extreme poor may be living in FCS, making it evident that without intensified action, the global poverty goals will not be met. The world has a critical window in which to confront this threat. The 43 countries in the world with the highest poverty rates are in FCS and/or Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Ultimately, support to conflict-affected countries needs to be tailored, innovative, and focused on the drivers of fragility and factors of resilience. Policy aims must include, but go beyond, economic growth and poverty reduction to promote peace and stability. But what strategies can advance these aims, and how can countries measure progress? 

Click here to readthe World Bank report.

Read more aboutSDC's engagement in fragility, conflict and human rights here.