Conflits, fragilité et résilience

Towards a multidimensional Fragility Framework


Available in 2016

Expert Consultation on a Multidimensional Fragility Model

How should the OECD monitor ‘fragility’ in the coming years? In its States of Fragility Report 2015, the OECD put out a working model building on five dimensions. That model is part of the OECD’s larger effort to move away from the ‘fragile states list’ - a binary view of the world - , towards a universal concept of fragility. It builds on the recognition that fragility affects states and societies in different ways. It affects not only developing but potentially all countries. The model has been welcomed as an innovative and timely move towards a more nuanced understanding of fragility. But it can be further improved. There is a need to update and refine the concept both in the dimensions it uses, and the ways in which it measures them.

The OECD is launching a consultation process between October and December 2015 to collect inputs for a revised concept – through workshops, guest blogs and by collecting individual feedback. These inputs will serve to shape the fragility concept which we will be using in the States of Fragility Report 2016. We have designed this web page to help you feed in! 

Draft Working Paper on a Multidimensional Fragility Model

The OECD is drafting a Working Paper “Towards a multidimensional fragility framework for the OECD” between October 2015 and January 2016 which reflects the discussions around a revised fragility concept as this process unfolds. The three expert workshops as well as consultations with the g7+ are feeding in to this paper. The paper contains three alternative proposals for a new OECD approach and will be particularly relevant for discussions in Washington DC. A final Working Paper will be published in early 2016 and propose a way forward. It will be presented to the INCAF’s Knowledge and Policy Task Team in early 2016 and form the basis of analysis for the OECD’s States of Fragility 2016 report. The INCAF Secretariat welcomes inputs and reactions to this paper – please send them to

Explore our working model

Try it out!

We have made the Working Model from the 2015 report interactive for you so you can explore it in more detail and look at the 50 most vulnerable countries in each of the 5 fragility clusters - violence, justice, institutions, economic foundations, and resilience. 

We hope this model will continue to inspire discussions and look forward to getting your comments!

Our blog posts


If you want to contribute a blog, let us know!

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Consultation Workshops

To gain expert input from academia, civil society and policy-makers for revising the multidimensional model for monitoring fragility, the OECD is holding a series of workshops:

We are also asking scholars and practitioners to join to the discussion through blogs which you can find here. Let us know if you would like to write one!
This whole consultation process will result in a Working Paper that will be presented to the International Network on Conflict and Fragility at its Task Team meeting in January 2016. It will set out the methodology the States of Fragility Report 2016 will use.

If you have any questions or comments on the methodology used in the States of Fragility Report 2015, please contact us at


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