Focus on Fragility: Cordaid and the post-2015 development agenda

Cordaid has released a new paper , “Focus on Fragility: Cordaid and the post-2015 development agenda”, outlining its vision for the post-2015 agenda. Acknowledging the progress achieved under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it notes that fragile situations such as conflicts and disasters have undermined much of the hard work of the past decades. You can read extracts from the paper below:

Focus on Fragility

The timeframe for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) winds down in 2015. The MDG framework has galvanized the development community towards a set of shared goals, both in terms of directing efforts and measuring the results. It cannot be denied that the lives of many have improved, but at the same time fragile countries that are home to most of the world’s most vulnerable people have yet to realize a single MDG. These people are still living in conditions of poverty, insecurity, injustice and inequality. Unfortunately, several simultaneous and ongoing crises of a financial or sovereign nature, or relating to resources such as food, water, energy and climate, have undermined any MDG progress that had been realized in these conflict affected, fragile, or post-conflict countries. More importantly, the combination of crises has exacerbated the underlying ethnic, religious, gender and socioeconomic divisions among communities in fragile contexts. Traditional governance structures, meanwhile, are struggling with legitimacy and inefficiency issues. Furthermore, fragility is hindering development while poverty persists in countries in which conflict divides people along the lines of ethnic or religious identity. When it comes to inequality, in terms of economic opportunity and access to common goods, women, young people and minorities are clearly disadvantaged. While Cordaid supports the crucial leadership role that women must play in underscoring the security of their communities, we have identified a clear need to make them more organized and effective so they can speak with a collective voice and consolidate their influence. And while we recognize the importance of the role to be played by the local private sector in stimulating economic opportunity, we also see a persistent need to find better ways of addressing the high risks posed by environments that are characterized by fractured asset bases. We cannot deny that for Cordaid work in the countries and regions outlined above will be very challenging in the post-2015 agenda and it’s in countries like these that the main challenges in tackling poverty and stimulating sustainability will be found. That’s why we will increasingly focus our efforts on these fragile contexts.”

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