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World Bank Group Strategy for Fragility, Conflict, and Violence 2020–2025 (English)

Addressing the challenges of fragility, conflict, and violence is critical to achieving the World Bank Group's twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. By 2030, more than half of the world's extreme poor will live in countries characterized by fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV). Preventing and mitigating FCV challenges is key to making progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to the international community's broader efforts to promote peace and prosperity. The global fragility landscape has worsened significantly in recent years, impacting both low and middle-income countries. Violent conflicts have increased to the highest levels observed over the past three decades. The world is also facing the largest forced displacement crisis ever recorded. Rising inequality, lack of opportunity, discrimination, and exclusion are fueling grievances and perceptions of injustice. Climate change, demographic change, migration, technological transformations, illicit financial flows, and violent extremism are often interconnected, posing risks that transcend borders. Many countries also suffer from chronically poor governance. These factors can increase vulnerability to shocks and crises and can create regional and global spillovers. They could cause devastating impacts, especially for women, children, youth and people with disabilities, that could be felt for generations. Without swift and effective action, FCV risks could both erode gains made in the fight against poverty and undermine the prospects for further progress.

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World Bank Group Strategy for Fragility, Conflict, and Violence 2020–2025 (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.