The World Bank Group’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group is pleased to solicit proposals for the Fragility Forum 2022.
Building on the lessons learned by the international community over the past decade in its efforts to promote peace and stability around the world, the Fragility Forum 2022: Development and Peace in Uncertain Times will revisit some of the key findings of the WDR 2011, how the global response to FCV has evolved since, and what is now top of the agenda considering what they have learned as well as the dramatically changed global landscape they now live in.
Are the conclusions of the WDR 2011 still relevant today? How are emerging sources of insecurity (eg, public health, climate, food, and their compounding effects) demanding a reinterpretation and broadening of the understanding of what security is?
Are rising global inequality and demands for social justice calling for a reexamination of justice and inclusion? Are the lessons they have learned over the past decade demanding they re-examine the response models?
The Fragility Forum is a biennial event that brings together policymakers and practitioners from humanitarian, development, peace and security communities; public and private sector; academia; and civil society.
The objective is to exchange innovative ideas and knowledge to improve development approaches in fragile, conflict and violence-affected (FCV) settings to foster peace and stability.
The Forum’s sessions will be curated around four themes:
- Addressing compound risks and increasing resilience in FCV context: The Forum will feature sessions focused on compound risks in fragile and conflict affected contexts at a time when a more multi-dimensional, comprehensive understanding of the interactions of those risks is necessary. Sessions will focus on prevention, building resilience, and preparing for compound risks that increase and prolong fragility and make peacebuilding and conflict resolution efforts more challenging.
- Changing the economic trajectory in FCV settings: The Forum will feature sessions that highlight new tools and approaches required to contribute to economic transformation and opportunities, jobs, financial sector resilience, inclusive connectivity and technology / digital development. Sessions will also explore the link between jobs, economic transformation, prevention and resilience.
- Rethinking the link between development and security: The Forum will highlight concrete experiences of coordination and integration of efforts across development and peace objectives, as well as focus on lessons learned, operational successes and failures of collaboration in the areas of conflict and violence prevention, maintaining engagement during open conflict, transition and re-engagement after crisis, to pave the way for longer-term development and poverty reduction.
- Challenges and realities of governance and institution building in FCV settings: The Forum will highlight discussions that invite a deep and honest look at realities and challenges of state and institution building, particularly given the lessons learned and experiences from the past year in Myanmar, Afghanistan, and others. Going beyond technocratic discussions, sessions will also explore more thorny issues of the political economy, drivers of fragility, weak social contracts and fragile underlying political settlements, that can undermine state and institution building in FCV contexts.
Each proposal will be evaluated on the degree to which they meet the following criteria:
- Value-addition: Sessions share new content that has not yet been presented in other fora and feature an innovative, cutting-edge, or provocative knowledge and / or an approach to the sub-theme covered
- Partnerships: session provides an opportunity for participants to learn actively and / or engage with partners including civil society, private sector, academia or media
- Innovation: creative, cutting-edge, innovative, or provocative ideas and or a novel approach to FCV issues
- Lessons learned: sessions are grounded in strong research and / or experience and feature a frank and open discussion of key lessons learned by the FCV community over the past ten years.
- Operational relevance: sessions focus on actionable, practical issues, with direct relevance for projects and programs supporting countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence.
- Equity and Inclusion: The Forum seeks new perspectives and diverse points of view and as such will look for panels that are gender-balanced (no single gender panels will be accepted), offering intellectual, regional, professional, ethnic, cultural, and academic diversity , featuring content and issues that highlight diverse and underrepresented perspectives including women, persons with disabilities, LGBT + people, youth, indigenous people, ethnic and racial minorities, and others.
- Presentation / Format: Sessions are well-organized and creatively presented, striking a balance between new ideas, advocacy and operational guidance and practices. Depending on the topic / angle, the session can be fully open or off-record with follow-up interviews summarizing key take-aways. Proposals must be submitted in English, but session delivery can be in English, French, Spanish or Arabic.
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