Fragile states are those facing particularly severe development challenges: weak institutional capacity, poor governance, political instability, and often ongoing violence or the legacy of past conflict. About 600 million people currently live in countries affected by fragility and conflict. In these countries, building an effective state is both urgent and difficult. Everything is pressing and resources and skills are often scarce.
This past week, an interesting debate erupted in the aid community on the role of the layman in international charity, after Jason Sadler started an organization dedicated to sending 1,000,000 shirts to African countries.
Called 1millionshirts, Sadler's initial plan was to gather these t-shirts in the US along with monetary donations. The monetary donations would support shipping the shirts abroad.
World Press Freedom Day is one of my favorite UN days. It is a tribute to the fundamental principles of press freedom and the journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It also reminds us of the importance of freedom of information and how this impacts societies everywhere.