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Conflict & IDA: Breaking the cycle of conflict and poverty

November 12, 2012

More than 1.5 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected countries. For these people, conflict worsens poverty by undermining economic development. Political instability and armed violence in these countries cannot only hinder development in neighboring countries, but can also lead to refugees, cross-border crime, human trafficking, and terrorism, with regional and potentially global impacts.