Three years into the 2030 Agenda it is already apparent that those living in fragile
contexts are the furthest behind. Not all forms of fragility make it to the public’s
eye: fragility is an intricate beast, sometimes exposed, often lurking underneath,
but always holding progress back. Conflict, forced displacement, violent extremism,
famine etc. are all causes and consequences of fragility. Hence the need to better
understand, anticipate and respond to fragility.
States of Fragility 2018 exposes the critical challenge posed by fragility in achieving
the aspirations of the 2030 Agenda, sustainable development and peace. It highlights
twelve key aspects of fragility, defying common assumptions and simplistic categorisation.
It documents progress made in fragile situations on attaining sustainable development,
unveiling exit doors from the fragility trap. It then illustrates the current state
of financing to address fragility and suggests more effective approaches, accounting
for its multidimensionality.
Above all, the report aims to strike a balance between fragility's inherent complexity
and the degree of simplicity that is required for efficient policy and decision making,
namely through systems-based thinking; longer-term, consistent aid plans; the financing
of peace; and a persistent focus on human beings.
Published on July 17, 2018Also available in: French
This report shows that, without action, more than 80% of the world’s poorest will be living in fragile contexts by 2030. This means that development actors across many sectors will need to better grasp the unique challenges of development in fragile contexts if the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals are to be met.
1. We must recognise fragility if we want a better world. 2. We will accept complexity and address all dimensions of fragility. 3. We will invest in more and smarter aid in fragile contexts. 4. We will step up our efforts on prevention, peace and security. 5. We will invest in the data to better understand, anticipate and respond to multiple states of fragility. 6. We will support the capacity of governments to deliver inclusive solutions to their own states of fragility. 7. We will never lose sight of the end goal of delivering hope and better lives for all people in fragile contexts.
ODA disbursements to the 58 fragile contexts identified in the 2018 fragility framework available here.
OECD 2018 States of Fragility Framework:
The OECD introduced a new multidimensional fragility framework in 2016 in order to better reflect fragility’s complexity and to highlight those contexts that require differentiated attention. The 2018 edition of the framework is an update of the previous version with the most recent available data.
Methodology and complete data files can be found on GitHub.
States of Fragility Platform:
OECD States of Fragility Platform allows users to analyse all 58 fragile contexts to address fragility along economic, environmental, political, security & societal dimensions.
Methodology for the selection of sector codes of the OECD Creditor Reporting System (CRS):