OECD Expert Briefing: States of Fragility 2018


‌‌The world is currently experiencing a confluence of crises, which threaten the livelihoods of people and economies around the world. The number of countries experiencing violent conflicts is the highest in the last 30 years, and 2016 saw the second highest year of global battle deaths in the past 25 years, record levels of terrorism, and 65 million people forcibly displaced. It is estimated that by 2030 more than 80% of the world’s extremely poor will reside in fragile contexts.


OECD States of Fragility 2018 reviews prevention and peacebuilding investments and determines that they are far too low. In contrast, humanitarian assistance has increased by 144% between 2009 and 2016. How can all layers of the global system—local, national, regional and international—bridge this gap and tackle one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century?


Join us at the OECD Washington Center on Tuesday, July 24, for a presentation of the new States of Fragility report. The presentation will be followed by a live panel discussion and audience Q&A.



Sara Batmanglich, Peace and Conflict Advisor, OECD


Ambassador James Michel, Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee

Leanne Erdberg, Director, Countering Violent Extremism, United States Institute of Peace

Oliver Wilcox, Deputy Director for Countering Violent Extremism, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State (To be confirmed)



Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Registration and Coffee: 9:30-9:45 am
Event: 9:45-11:00 am


States of Fragility 2018, a flagship OECD publication, explores:

12 key trends in fragility and what these mean for programming

Which contexts are fragile and why – emphasizing that fragility is not just about conflict

What resources are available for fragile contexts and how they are being used

How well policy commitments to addressing fragility, conflict and violence are reflected in the reality of financial commitments.


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