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.
The World Bank Institute recently held an event on youth in fragile states, as part of their Youth as Assets program -- a series of events aimed at greater youth inclusion in development. The event brought together experts from a diverse range of backgrounds, who discussed how youth in fragile states can be key players in rebuilding their countries. Here's what was said: