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Fragility Forum 2024

February 27-29, 2024

Washington, D.C.

Fragility Forum 2024

Partners Day Agenda (March 1, 2024)


  • Fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) is a global challenge. By 2030, almost 60 percent of the world's poor will live in countries classified as fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS). Chronic instability, civil wars, the global shock of the pandemic, and continued climate disasters have created a complex landscape of intertwined risks, reversing hard-won development gains. Not only are these dynamics affecting people’s lives within these countries, but they also have destabilizing transboundary effects that compel all of us to think and act in new ways.

    The Fragility Forum 2024 (FF2024), Adapting and Innovating in a Volatile World, will provide an opportunity for those working in and on FCV, including those in the development, humanitarian, government, civil society, private sector, research, and security communities, to exchange experiences, and examine the success and failures of developmental interventions in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence. The aim is to learn lessons and seek adaptive and innovative approaches best suited to the fast, evolving global FCV landscape.


    Organized over three days in a hybrid format, the FF2024 will offer a diverse range of sessions, including high-level panel discussions and technical sessions organized around the four thematic areas. Complementing these sessions, the FF2024 will offer creative and interactive learning events to engage participants, promote networking, highlight successes, and showcase innovations. These include talk-shows to showcase entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes, lightning talks around innovations, chai chats on ideas that have worked and ready to be scaled-up, and a technology segment that will showcase cutting-edge tools and techniques. There will be an opportunity to network and chat informally in the FCV café. Look out for sessions and to engage, learn, share, and be inspired.

  • The Forum’s sessions have been curated around four themes:

    1. Learning from our experiences in FCV:  This central theme will take a dispassionate look at successes and failures of development efforts to address drivers of fragility and mitigate its impacts. The aim would be to learn from our collective experience and strengthen and adapt our interventions in complex, evolving FCV situations. Sessions will explore a range of FCV challenges, including state-building in protracted crisis, security and development, transitioning out of conflict, sustaining engagement during political transitions and turmoil, working in insecure environments, and better supporting upstream prevention. Other topics will include strengthening state capacity and legitimacy, forced displacement, and working effectively at the intersection of humanitarian response and development.

    2. Fostering resilience in complex risk environments: Building resilience is central to tackling complex crises. But more understanding is needed around resilience, particularly in FCV settings.  The objective of this essential theme is to better understand the peace and prevention aspects of resilience, and to explore approaches to supporting multi-dimensional resilience in protracted crises and complex risk environments. Sessions will explore different actors’ perspectives on resilience, challenges around climate change vulnerability and financing gaps, institutional structures and incentives for greater impact in low-capacity environments, resilience as it relates to peacebuilding, and supporting peaceful and inclusive community resilience to prevent violent extremism.

    3. Addressing FCV in Middle income countries (MICs):  FCV is as prevalent in middle-income countries as in low-income countries, threatening development outcomes and economic gains. Specific MIC-focused sessions will explore FCV drivers that are present in MICs, such as subnational conflict, interpersonal and criminal violence, and corruption, and MICs will be featured in sessions across other themes.

    4. The private sector in FCV: This theme will focus on fostering conditions for private sector investments in FCV settings, recognizing the role of the private sector in creating jobs and livelihoods in FCV settings, boosting resilience, delivering services, and supporting investment and growth. Sessions will explore topics such as financial sector sustainability and integrity, strengthening domestic private sector, innovative approaches to financing, private sector solutions to forced displacement, and crisis risk financing.
  • The Fragility Forum will take place from February 27-29, 2024 at the World Bank Headquarters. You can attend both in-person and virtually. 


    Important Note on Visas and Logistical Support: The World Bank Group will not cover event-related expenses, travel, or accommodation. Please use the email registration confirmation for visa applications. Logistical arrangements are the sole responsibility of the participant.

  • Partners Day: a Voice for Partners

    To complement the Fragility Forum, a dedicated Partners Day (PD) will be held on March 1, 2024 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, enabling partners to organize and host FCV-related sessions in smaller settings. The Partners Day is designed to foster collaboration and provide a platform for dialogue across a range of thematic areas. The program will comprise 33 partner-led sessions, most being open-door.

    Registrants to the Forum may join PD open sessions in-person or virtually, with no additional registration required. Visitor badges for the FF24 will be valid for entry on March 1. Once room capacity is reached in any given session, additional attendees will be directed to join the session online via a meeting link.

    Disclaimer: The facilitation of partner-led events on March 1 does not imply an endorsement by the World Bank of individual sessions or themes. The contents, statements, and interpretations expressed in the Partners Day sessions do not necessarily reflect the views of the World Bank, the Executive Directors of the World Bank or the governments they represent.

Fragility Forum 2024

  • Hybrid event: February 27-29, 2024
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