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The Global Center on Conflict, Security and Development

Working Differently in Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations

The Challenge

Fragile and conflict-affected situations are a key priority for the World Bank’s poverty-fighting mission as they face severe development challenges and lag behind in many MDGs. One in four people in the world – more than 1.5 billion – live in fragile and conflict affected situations. By 2015, an estimated 32 percent of the world’s poor will live in fragile and conflict affected situations (FCS). Only 20 percent of FCS countries are expected to achieve the goal of halving poverty and hunger.
People living in FCS also account for

  • a third of the deaths from HIV/AIDS in poor countries
  • a third of the people who lack access to clean water
  • a third of children who do not complete primary school and
  • half of all child deaths.

The Goal

To help meet this challenge, the World Bank Group launched the Center on Conflict, Security and Development (CCSD) in February 2012 to strengthen the Bank’s work on fragile and conflict affected situations (FCS). The Bank recognizes the need to work differently in FCS, given the unique set of challenges these countries face. With help from the CCSD, the Bank is able to respond to FCS faster, in a more flexible manner, and according to each unique context. The CCSD also serves as a global hub connecting people working in fragile and conflict affected situations across the world, to provide knowledge and resources to FCS clients and practitioners, and ultimately to help improve development in these countries.

Who We Are

CCSD comprises a cadre of dedicated staff with deep experience working on FCS. Its competencies span a wide range, from conflict and violence, governance, social protection, gender, private sector development to operations policy, financial management, procurement, safeguards and monitoring and evaluation. Based in Nairobi and Washington, D.C., CCSD staff are located across time zones to help facilitate just-in-time support to FCS country teams around the world.

What We Do

CCSD staff work to:

  • Provide rapid analytical and operational support to country teams working in fragile situations
  • Design and advocate for more agile operational policies and practices to improve results in FCS
  • Build a global community of practice to share knowledge and experience of delivering effectively in FCS
  • Leverage existing funds and reduce volatility of financing for FCS
  • Coordinate and build effective partnerships to address the core issues of security, justice, and jobs in FCS

CCSD in Action

Strategy Support
CCSD enables quick deployment of seasoned staff to the frontline of development in FCS countries. Since its inception, the CCSD has helped shape the Bank’s engagement strategies for 16 FCS countries, conducted in-country clinics to integrate conflict and fragility analysis in regional programs, and helped engage FCS governments in policy dialogues to feed into development plans.

Operational Support
To complement the critical work done at the strategy level, CCSD created an FCS Implementation Support Team (IST) to provide just-in-time support to Bank projects. The team serves as a “live help desk” for operational teams to help deliver quicker and more effective development results for the poor and vulnerable in FCS. The team also mentors field- based staff, and helps develop policies and practices to improve the Bank’s impact in fragile states.

CCSD Connection

To build a community of practitioners for sharing knowledge and experience on delivering more effectively in FCS, the CCSD developed a new knowledge platform called theHive. In collaboration with 33 external partners, this platform aims to crowd source content to allow FCS practitioners and clients around the world to interact, exchange ideas and practices, and access global expertise. The site currently houses 2,500 curated resources, and hosts virtual events to extend knowledge to often isolated FCS constituencies. It is in the process of building its networking platform and specialist directory, which will allow HIVE users to connect more easily with experts.

Apart from virtual connections, the CCSD has been working closely with the United Nations and other agencies to strengthen collaboration, as well as to streamline donor financing mechanisms for FCS. It also actively engages with core partners such as the g7+ group of fragile states, the OECD’s International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), other multilateral regional development banks, and bilateral donors, to bridge the divide between the humanitarian, security and development community.


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Last updated: 2013-05-20

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