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Learning from Fragility

A closer look at World Bank Development Policy Financing in fragile states

A monument of a broken cylinder being held up by a statue with five arms. The “Saving Iraqi Culture” monument in Baghdad designed by sculptor Mohammed Ghani Hikmat. Iraq is one of top five DPF recipients in FCV settings. Credit: Rasool Ali/Shutterstock

Revaluating what “good” looks like in volatile and uncertain situations to promote more informed risk-taking.

Country platforms in fragile states: A new path for development cooperation

View of Delmas 32, Port-au-Prince, Haiti from 2012. Credit: Dominic Chavez / World Bank.

Country platforms can enhance development cooperation in the hardest places. For governments and partners embracing collaborative, risk-informed and adaptive ways of working, these platforms offer a more effective ecosystem for collective action.

Adapting development in fragile settings: What are we learning?

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With fragility and conflict on the rise, the World Bank’s Fragility Forum offers a vital opportunity to reflect on what we have learned, and not learned, about what works to achieve development effectiveness in fragile situations.

Defueling conflict: building peace through natural resource governance

Photo: a forest guard in Tahoua, Niger. Credit: Rafe H Andrews, Dawning.

There is increasing evidence that the negative impact of climate change on natural resource access can drive conflict. Effective natural resource management is crucial to building resilience and reducing fragility.

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Debt sustainability in fragile and conflict-affected states: heightened risks and needs

Stacks of paper bills in unknown currency.

Fragile and conflict-affected countries face a daunting reality of critical spending needs and heightened exposure to shocks. International support can help relieve debt distress by enhancing fiscal management.