Fragile states: the final frontier


French version

 Fragile states : the final frontier,
the African example

19 October 2010


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Although fragile states are furthest from achieving the Millennium Development Goals, political decision makers and the public at large often question engagement in fragile states, which are often considered to be corrupt, bellicose and generally risky.


What do the facts tell us? Several states have successfully emerged from crisis (e.g. Burundi, Mozambique, Timor-Leste), and a number of good practices have been identified, as evidenced by the results of the 2009 Monitoring Survey of the Fragile States Principles.


To highlight lessons learned in fragile states (both positive and negative), a conference entitled “États fragiles: ultime frontière” (Fragile states: the final frontier) was co-hosted in Paris on 19 October by the OECD DAC’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) and the sub-Saharan Africa Programme of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), a Paris-based think tank. The half-day event focused on African states affected by conflict and fragility. A high-level panel spanning the main French ministries and agencies involved in post –crisis recovery will highlight some of the lessons learned.


Listen to segments of the conference:

The conference audio is only available in French.

Part 1: Qu'est-ce qu'un État fragile ? François Gaulme (moderator) 
Part 2: Alexandra Trzeciak-Duval
Part 3: Louise Avon
Part 4: Henriette Martinez
Part 5: Damien Helly
Part 6: Audience debate (forthcoming)
Part 1: Qu'est-ce qu'un État fragile ? François Gaulme (moderator) 

Chargé de mission  in the French Development Agency (AFD), crisis prevention and post-conflict team



Part 2: Alexandra Trzeciak-Duval

Head of Division for Policy Co-ordination, Development Co-operation Directorate of the OECD 


Part 3: Louise Avon

Managing Director of the French Development Agency (AFD), former Ambassador of France to Mozambique



Part 4: Henriette Martinez

Member of Parliament (Hautes-Alpes), President of the French section of the Parliamentary Assembly of the International Organisation of la Francophonie 


>> Download Henriette Martinez' report: L’aide publique au développement française : analyse des contributions multilatérales, réflexions et propositions pour une plus grande efficacité (pdf, 737 kB)


Part 5: Damien Helly

Researcher at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)


Part 6: Audience debate




Related Documents


Country Reports and Global Report

Monitoring the Fragile States Principles


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