The Center for Global Development and the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development will co-host a conversation with David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Donald Kaberuka, High Representative on the African Union Peace Fund, distinguished visiting fellow at CGD, and former President of the African Development Bank, and Jennifer Widner, professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and a member of the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, to discuss the need for a new global approach to state fragility. The Fragility Commission, which Cameron and Kaberuka chair, will be launching its report, Escaping the Fragility Trap, which makes the case for urgent action and outlines recommendations for how domestic and international actors can do things differently.
The Fragility Commission, established under the auspices of the International Growth Centre, was launched in March 2017 to guide policy to combat state fragility. Promoting inclusive growth in fragile and conflict situations is now a key priority for development. State fragility drives some of the biggest problems in our world today: extreme poverty, mass migration, terrorism, trafficking, and more. Latest estimates suggest that by 2030 half of the world’s poor will live in countries that are fragile.
A second panel discussion will delve deeper into the challenges of economic policy management in fragile and conflict affected states. Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government (University of Oxford) and Academic Director of the Fragility Commission, will discuss the key takeaways from the Commission’s report. Charles Collyns, Director of the IMF's Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), will present the findings and recommendations of the recent IEO evaluation of the IMF's work on fragile states, and Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, former Minister in Yemen and former UN Assistant Secretary General, will discuss her experience tackling these challenges in Yemen and beyond.