Strength in Fragility: We are writing our own History

Strength in Fragility

Strength in Fragility: We are writing our own History

Strength in Fragility “We are writing our own history –

Since its official formation in April 2010, the g7+ Group of countries in fragile situation has gained global attention, particularly as the acuteness of the challenges and issues in making development work in countries affected by conflict and fragillity have become more apparent.This uncludes, for instance,the fact that few of these countries have met the targets set by the millennium Development Goals and that, in future, poverty will be concentrated in fargile settings(OECD 2013). Effective aid in fragile situations depends on donors delivering aid, it is recognized that delivering aid in this context can not be business as usual nor one-size-fits-all approach.

Given growing attention to countries in fragile situation, the g7+ Secretariat was keen to document the story of the emergence of the g7+ Group in its early years- capturing the challenges “we saw facing our countries and how we sought to come together to address them” and its achievements. This presentation, therefore sets out our own account of the emergence and formalization of the g7+ as the global forum for countries affected by conflict and fragility. IT has been more than five years since our group was formally established in April 2010 in Dili, Timor-Leste. Establishing and sustaining a credible grouping of conflict-affected and post-conflict countries which however are rich in extractive and there resources is a momentous achievement in its own right.

“Nothing about us without us”
Former Minister of Finance from South Sudan, H.E. Kosti Manibe

Progress in implementing the New Deal

First, Development Partners remain largely of-track in delivering on the TRUST principles. While there are some islands of good practice, there have not yet been tremendous changes in donor behavior. But we must remember this is a long-term endeavor. We are talking about changing narratives and mind-sets that have been in place within the development industry for decades. Changing these will require time, and it will also require greater political commitment on the part of donors.

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