Author Archives: fundforpeace

Second Time Unlucky for Nicaragua

BY CHARLES FIERTZ In a sharp reversal from nearly a decade of almost continuous improvement, Nicaragua has taken a sharp turn to rank as the third most-worsened country on the 2019 Fragile States Index (FSI). The eruption of mass protests (quelled only after months of violent crackdowns) has shaken the image of Nicaragua as an […]

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Rumblings of Arab Spring 2.0

BY PATRICIA TAFT In late 2010, in a city in central Tunisia, a young street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze in a final act of defiance and frustration after police confiscated his wares on the street. While his protest may have been localized, the sentiment was not. After nearly three decades of falling […]

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Understanding Resilience: The Case of Somalia

BY NATE HAKEN Global efforts at poverty reduction through infrastructure and institution-building have been an overwhelming international success, with poverty rates having dropped precipitously in the last twenty years. However, there is a glaring exception. In fragile states, with protracted or recurrent crisis, international and multilateral development efforts have not worked. In this “last mile”, […]

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Ethiopia on the Rise

BY HANNAH BLYTH AND DANIET MOGES Ethiopia experienced a momentous year of political transformation in 2018. Despite a steadily worsening trend over the decade to 2017, Ethiopia is the most-improved country on the 2019 Fragile States Index (FSI). Improving by 5.3 points to a score of 94.2 in this year’s FSI, the country‘s performance could […]

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Africa’s Islands of Stability

BY J.J. MESSNER “Mauritius was made first and then heaven … and heaven was copied after Mauritius.” So said Mark Twain in 1896 at a time when the small Indian Ocean island nation was under British rule (after having previously changed hands from the Portuguese, to the Dutch, and then to the French). At a time […]

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In the #Sahel pastoral herders are essential links for socio-economic development and stability. Yet climate change, population growth and insecurity are threatening their livelihoods. Increasing their resilience is crucial. The #PRAPS is taking action: https://t.co/AwRhpXFqtV

Climate change is affecting every country on every continent 🗺️
If left unchecked, extreme weather events will intensify 🌪️
threatening food security & global stability 🍜

We need to take #ClimateAction NOW.
Hear #HLPF address #SDG13 today 👉 https://t.co/qDYNaEHUyD #SDGs

[email protected] stands resolutely with the people of #Sudan, including those mobilizing to protect the freedoms they won through their revolution. We strongly condemn the military takeover. This young woman—not tanks & coercion—captures the spirit of the people: