It is estimated that more than 1.5 billion people, including 350 million of the world’s extreme poor, live in an environment of continuous fragility, violence and conflict. Such environments have knock-on effects for economic, social and political development, and vice versa. Insecurity and instability impede development and growth, while a lack of development exacerbates insecurity and conflict.
Recent research by the African Development Bank’s High-Level Panel on Fragile States confirms this. The findings quantified how fragility, violence and conflict not only lead to casualties, disease and mass migration, but also to massive loss in economic productivity. The drop in GDP per capita increases exponentially over time, and takes decades to recover.
Within this context, there is now consensus that the way assistance is delivered to countries entering, experiencing and exiting these conditions cannot continue. Instead, the international community, in partnership with the private sector, must implement a coordinated, cross-sectoral and multistakeholder approach that provides support for state-building and peace-building.
In its 2014-2016 term, the Global Agenda Council on Fragility, Violence & Conflict will seek to improve understanding of and raise awareness on the connections between fragility, violence and conflict. Through public-private collaboration, the council aims to develop policy recommendations for countries entering, experiencing and exiting these conditions. This work will be strongly aligned with Forum projects on geoeconomics, geopolitics and security issues.
Council Manager: Andrej Kirn, Community Lead, International Organisations and Government Affairs, Global Leadership Fellow, Andrej.Kirn@weforum.org
Forum Lead: Anja Kaspersen, Head of International Security, Member of the Executive Committee, Anja.Kaspersen@weforum.org
The World Humanitarian Summit is a prime opportunity for the private sector to help develop innovative solutions to immense humanitarian challenges.
Businesses have a role to play in helping fragile communities recover, says Peter Maurer of the ICRC.