States of Fragility 2018

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


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Executive summary
What main trends currently affect the fragility landscape?
What are the key findings from contexts affected by fragility?
How are fragile contexts faring in achieving sustainable development?
What official development assistance went to fragile contexts?
What are different methods to measure aid flows for preventing fragility, conflict and violence and for sustaining peace?
What sources of external development finance are available to fragile contexts?
What sources of internal resources are available to fragile contexts?
What do financial flows look like using a multidimensional lens?
What is the right financing for fragile contexts?
How can the international community better address fragility today?
Methodological annex
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