Peer Learning and Cooperation among members “Fragile-to-Fragile cooperation”
The g7+ coined the concept of Fragile-to-Fragile (F2F) cooperation which aims to facilitate cooperation among member countries. F2F Cooperation enables an exchange of knowledge, experience, and expertise among countries and fosters a country-led trajectory towards peace and resilience by enabling states to draw on their experience of living in conflict and fragile situations. Member states share similar experiences of exposure to fragmented and limited international support, a deep understanding of the political leadership required to stabilize the countries, and, in particular, strong sense of solidarity towards fellow members, which is not based on geopolitical interest, but on a common desire to move out of fragility.
A key feature of the F2F cooperation is that it provides direct technical and financial support to the government country system to address challenges. It also aims to be fast, pragmatic, and responsive to needs as they emerge.
Fragile-to-Fragile cooperation is a manifestation that every country has lessons that can inspire its peers. These lessons may not have been captured as much as they merit so, the g7+ also documents stories that can provide ample inputs to the reforms advocated for by the group at the global level. The g7+ is established with the primary goal of capturing such stories with the right narrative of fragility; one that defines the true nature of the transition fragile countries go through. This has helped in providing an alternative to the orthodox belief held about fragility, peacebuilding and statebuilding, where conflict-affected countries were seen negatively as failed states that are not capable of developing themselves and remained passively in a donor-recipient dynamic.
Founded on principles of voluntarism, cooperation, and solidarity, Fragile-to-Fragile cooperation is the key flagship initiative of the g7+ and currently it focuses on three main pillars: supporting g7+ member countries in implementation of the New Deal; peer learning, knowledge generation and capacity building around peacebuilding and statebuilding; and supporting g7+ member countries in dealing with acute and emerging crisis.