World Bank Group Assistance to Low-Income Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

About 370 million people live in low-income fragile and conflict-affected states (FCS). They have higher poverty rates, lower growth rates, and weaker human development indicators than other low-income countries. The World Bank Group has identified support to FCS as a strategic priority, critical to achieving its mission of poverty alleviation and shared prosperity. Progress is evident in several areas, but Bank Group engagement in FCS is clearly a long-term agenda with several challenges and constraints yet to be overcome.

This review of International Development Association (IDA) countries establishes that the World Bank’s portfolio performance in low-income FCS has improved since 2001 compared to low-income countries that are not fragile.