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Towards a multidimensional fragility framework

15 October 2015
16 October 2015

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OECD conflict and fragility consultation

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.

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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!

More information can be found here.

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:

15 October 2015 – Berlin, hosted by BMZ
19 October 2015 – Abidjan, hosted by the AfDB
23 November 2015 – Washington DC, hosted by the IADB

ECDPM’s Volker Hauck will be participating in the consultation taking place in Berlin.

Recent blogs by ECDPM

OECD’s ‘States of Fragility’ report: Some discomfort around the indicators by Frauke De Weijer
The OECD report on States of Fragility – Meeting post-2015 Ambitions proposed framework for assessing fragility misses out on a number of key risks and key building blocks for resilience in fragile states.

Taking fragility seriously in financing the SDGs by Frauke De Weijer
The recently published OECD report ‘States of Fragility 2015 – Meeting post-2015 ambitions’ presents very interesting facts and figures on the likelihood of fragile states meeting the post-2015 development goals.

Courtesy of the OECD

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