Building resilience in fragile and conflict-affected contexts

Globally, progress has been made on reducing mortality from disasters. However, this progress has not been universal. Today, 58 per cent of deaths from disasters occur in the top 30 most fragile states. Without action, more than 80 per cent of the world’s poorest people will be living in fragile contexts by 2030.

To eradicate extreme poverty, investment in resilience-building in fragile and conflict-affected contexts will be critical. We also need to understand how resilience can be built most effectively.

This paper draws from Concern’s experiences of building resilience to highlight lessons and approaches that we see as central to effective resilience programming in fragile contexts. It also explores the areas where there is still much to learn, identifying the questions that we need to address as the international development sector in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It is intended to spark discussion and reflection on the way that we work.

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