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The Fragility Forum 2022 is committed to peace and development in the midst of new and intensifying crisis

Over the last two years the world has been on edge, with serious implications for the mostshutterstock_648806605_blog_resized fragile economies.

Since the last Fragility Forum in 2020 and in a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, peace and development around the world have faced massive setbacks from Asia to Africa to Latin America.  Fragility and conflict risks are also on the rise in middle-income countries. Our most recent economic forecast indicates that, by 2023, the output of fragile and conflict-affected countries will be 7.5 percent below pre-pandemic levels. This is well below prospects in emerging and developing countries at large. For the most vulnerable, this means food insecurity, extreme poverty, loss of human capital and fewer economic opportunities in addition to the threat of violence and forced displacement.

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What we’ve learned about supporting jobs in fragile and conflict-affected environments

The development community has begun paying more attention to supporting jobs in situations somaliland-schulman-5981of fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV). There are still many things we don’t know, but we have made progress: We can draw lessons from programs financed out of the US$14 billion investment in FCV through IDA18 and a number of new impact evaluations.

We summarized these lessons in our recent Jobs Note, “Supporting Jobs in Fragility, Conflict, and Violence (FCV) Situations.” Here are a few key takeaways.

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How is the World Bank tackling COVID-19 in fragile and conflict-affected settings?

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis has caused thousands of deaths and shaken the mali-covidworld’s richest countries to their core. What happens when it makes its way to low-and middle-income countries, which could face destabilizing and lasting shocks from its health and economic impacts? This is especially true for countries impacted by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), where cases of COVID-19 infection are increasing. Nearly one-third of our total project investments in 100 countries so far have focused on countries impacted by fragility and conflict —from Afghanistan and Iraq to Somalia and Haiti —  to help them face a multi-layered crisis of a magnitude no one has faced before.

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World Bank Job Fair

Join us on Monday, February 3, 2020 for this special job fair to learn about over 100 FCV_image_lastexciting positions that the World Bank is looking to fill by June this year.

As part of a recruitment drive to increase its support for countries dealing with fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), the World Bank Group invites applications from qualified candidates interested in international development. The majority of positions will be located in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and East Asia.

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World Bank Group Strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence

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The World Bank Group has released its draft strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV). The objective of the strategy is to address the drivers of FCV in affected countries and their impact on vulnerable populations, with the ultimate goal of contributing to peace and prosperity. To ensure the strategy benefits from a wide range of inputs, the World Bank Group is undertaking global consultations to inform the strategy’s development.

Timeframe: April 2019 – January 2020

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Strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV)

The World Bank Group is developing its first strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence fragilityforum_logo(FCV). The overarching objective of the strategy is to address the drivers of FCV in affected countries and their impact on vulnerable populations, with the ultimate goal of contributing to peace and prosperity. The final strategy will seek to guide and systematize the World Bank Group’s work in FCV contexts over the next five years.

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Call for Proposals: Fragility Forum 2020

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  • When: March 2-4, 2020
  • Where: 1818 H St. NW, 20433 Washington, D.C.
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  • Call for proposals: Open until November 22
  • Registration for participants: Opens on November 1, 2019

The  Fragility Forum is a high-level event organized by the World Bank Group which brings together practitioners and policymakers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience on engaging in environments affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV). Over three days, the Forum aims to provide an opportunity to harness the collective brain trust of stakeholders coming from government, international institutions, donor agencies, private sector, civil society, academia and media to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of development approaches to achieve lasting impact. The Forum has been held three times previously, in February 2015, March 2016 and March 2018. The Fragility Forum 2020 will focus on implementation: the concrete approaches that are needed to maximize our collective impact and more effectively respond to dynamic, multidimensional, and global challenges affecting countries around the world. 

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The private sector—an engine for growth and stability in fragile countries

Fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) threaten to derail significant progress that has beenuntitled made in improving living standards and reducing poverty over the past decades. While extreme poverty is going down around the globe, it is increasing in countries impacted by fragility and conflict. The World Bank estimates that by 2030, almost half of the world’s poor will live in countries facing FCV challenges.

In countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence, the private sector plays a critical role in providing jobs and income.  Inclusive and sustainable economic growth can also help heal grievances stemming from economic exclusion. These countries likely already face high levels of public sector debt, so private sector investment can bring an infusion of capital without increasing the debt burden. But these volatile environments struggle greatly to attract and sustain the long-term private sector investment that is needed to help them break the “fragility trap.”

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Launching global consultations on the World Bank Group’s upcoming Strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence

April marked the official launch of global consultations to inform the World Bank Boys Play Football Near IDP Camp in MogadishuGroup’s first-ever Strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV). Over the next two months, World Bank Group teams will engage with civil society and government representatives, as well as partner organizations and the private sector to discuss priorities and challenges in FCV situations , building on the comparative advantage of the Bank Group in fragile settings. As we embark on this process, the most relevant question for us is how to build on progress made and optimize our interventions to be our most effective on the ground, with special focus on making a lasting difference for the most vulnerable populations. Furthermore, in FCV settings, we know that no single organization can act alone – as the World Bank Group, this strategy is about positioning our analytical, operational, and convening power to contribute to broader international efforts in support of peace and prosperity.

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“Real governance” in Fragile, Conflict-affected and Violent States – What is that?

The Fragility Forum was held in Washington D.C. from March 5 to 7. More than 1,000 people from over 90 different countries attended. At one of the events, ‘Real Governance in FCV settings: Engaging State and Non-State Actors in Development’ practitioners and policy-makers discussed which actors to work with in complex FCV situations, and what the choice of actors would mean from a human rights and social accountability perspective.

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