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Fragile States

Fragile States/Fragile Families

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

Behind every country that erupts into civil war, falls victim to famine or flubs in respond to a natural disaster is a government that has failed to protect its citizens.

Safe Havens for Extreme Poverty

Richard Stearns | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Richard Stearns

For too long we have depended on the idea of innocent suffering to provoke our compassion, while we look away from complex suffering. As poverty retreats to the fragile states, now more than ever we need to overcome suffering with understanding, generosity, and perseverance. Turning our heads away from human suffering should never be an option.

A Great Lakes Roadmap for Peace -- and Development

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Several officials in the DRC told the Secretary-General and me the same line: "We are a rich country with the poorest people." What they didn't say was that the DRC is a rich country with people thirsty for peace.

Timor-Leste: Escaping Fragility

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 08.01.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

After centuries of foreign rule, Timor-Leste has readied itself to be a full partner in what is shaping up as Asia's century.

Failing States

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

Failing states are failing states. The difference between over there and over here, however, is that we have been stacking the deck against ourselves.

Heartbreak and Hardship -- Finding a Way Out for Fragile States

Dominique Desruelle | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business
Dominique Desruelle

Everyone agrees that countries need help to recover from these situations. But it is not easy to come to a shared understanding on what this really takes.

Picking up the Pieces

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.11.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

For the 600 million people living in fragile and conflict affected economies, the threat of relapsing into violence and slipping into deeper poverty i...

Whither Côte d'Ivoire?

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

This post originally appeared on the World Bank's Conflict blog on December 30, 2010. The stand-off between Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouatta...

To Vote or Not to Vote

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

The wisdom of elections in fragile places is questioned by those who fear they will exacerbate tensions and provoke violence.

Prevention Is Better Than Post-Conflict Catch-Up

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

Violence is the antithesis of development. It tears down what's been built up. It destroys lives, shortens horizons, and inflicts huge psychological and physical pain.

Media freedom and violence prevention

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

This post originally appeared on the Conflict and Development blog on September 1, 2010. True believers in press freedom. Photo: Brooks Kraft/Sygma...