Monitoring the Fragile States Principles



Participants of the national consultation on the FSPs (Sierra Leone, October 2009)

FSP Surveys

The implementation of the Fragile States Principles (FSPs) is monitored through a voluntary survey which relies on national consultations.

The survey’s objective is to take stock of international engagement and its impact in participating countries.


    2009 FSP Survey 

    2011 FSP Survey 


Objectives of the national consultations:

  • Stimulate multi-stakeholder dialogue at country-level about international engagement in fragile states
  • Provide evidence of progress and bottlenecks in the implementation of the FSPs
  • Provide incentives for international actors to implement the fragile states principles

Survey Findings

The findings of the FSP Survey are published in a Global Report and a series of Country Reports. Read the 2009 reports...

Co-ordination with the monitoring survey of the Paris Declaration

The Fragile States Principles are complementary to the Paris Declaration, which notes the need to adapt and apply aid effectiveness principles to differing country situations, particularly fragile states. They also reach beyond aid effectiveness issues to include substantive policy themes such as security, governance and policy coherence.

The monitoring surveys for the Paris Declaration and the Fragile States Principles are closely co-ordinated to build synergies and minimize the burden on participating countries. As such, the 2011 FSP Survey coincides with the third round of the Paris Declaration Monitoring Survey. The OECD DAC Working Party on Aid Effectiveness has established a forum to help co-ordinate these two processes. With the exception of Timor-Leste, all participating countries of the 2009 FSP Survey also participated in the Paris Declaration Monitoring Survey.


Additional Resources

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has published a number of briefing papers on the Fragile States Principles: Analysing conflict and fragilityDo no harmLinks between politics, security and developmentPromoting non-discriminationAligning with local prioritiesPractical coordination mechanismsAct fast...but stay engagedRisk management and Monitoring and evaluation.


Good Practice Cases

In preparation for the 2011 round of the FSP Survey, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a paper that illustrates how the Fragile States Principles can be supported through practical programming approaches. Click here to read the full report (pdf, 664.2 kB).