Making development work for peace


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Welcome to Development for Peace, a blog we are launching today with great ambition, to create a space to listen, learn, think, and ignite a discussion that will help us tackle the challenge of fragility, conflict and violence.

You might ask why the World Bank Group is working in this area. In fact, it’s at the core of our mission to reduce poverty. When the Bank was founded in 1944 towards the end of World War II, it was in recognition that unless there was a massive effort to help rebuild countries impoverished by war, the peace would not be sustainable. Development policies are a central part of peacebuilding and stability efforts.

Today, we live in a world where the nature of conflict has changed; while there are fewer large-scale conflicts, other forms of conflict and violence have increased since 2010. We face a growing forced displacement crisis, and extremist activities that may undermine development progress. Citizen security is a growing concern in middle-income countries, closely linked to rising inequality. The challenge of fragility has become more and more complex, affecting countries at all stages of development.

Last October, we projected that the number of people living in extreme poverty was likely to fall to under 10 percent of the global population, putting within grasp the World Bank’s goals to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. But as the rest of the world makes progress, poverty will increasingly be concentrated in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence, with almost half of the world’s poor expected to live in these countries by 2030. This is why we need to accelerate our efforts, and find more effective ways to address this challenge with great urgency.

This month, I assumed the role of senior director for the Bank’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, tasked to do exactly that. I’m putting our work on the fast-track – we need to redefine fragility so we can better support developing countries navigate a volatile environment; take a strengthened development approach to displacement; apply the ‘fragility lens’ more robustly to our country partnership strategies and operations to ensure development approaches are conflict-sensitive; ensure that the fragility agenda is institutionalized across the World Bank Group; and last but not least, deepen our partnerships. I have to emphasize the importance of partnerships, because the challenge is too enormous for any single institution to tackle. We need collective action by humanitarian, development, security and diplomatic partners.

As one way to foster such collaboration, the Bank will host the Global Fragility Forum 2016 next week under the theme Take Action for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, co-organized with more than 100 partners. The program builds on the momentum of the Global Goals, and takes a hard look at how to implement this ambitious agenda in fragile environments. It also highlights emerging challenges including forced displacement and violent extremism, where development actors have an important role to play, working with our partners.    

What is unique about this Forum is the partnerships – the way in which diverse communities from development to peacebuilding worldwide are able to come together, not just for the event itself but in preparation over the past few months, engaged in serious discussions across institutions to learn from each other’s experience. Some of our sessions will be featured on World Bank Live, so I hope you will join us.

Over the years, I also have found that the best way to gain knowledge is from each other. We look forward to identifying important new steps in reducing the underlying causes of fragility, conflict and violence at the Forum and beyond– and to continue engaging through this space to contribute to peace and stability, and improve the lives of the world’s extreme poor.


Saroj Kumar Jha

World Bank Group’s Senior Director for the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group

Join the Conversation

February 25, 2016

I love the idea and the approach you guys are taking to effect a positive change in those affected area around the world. meanwhile, I just started my own NGO here in my country Nigeria "New Life Foundation" which is benchmarked on assisting women suffering from domestic violence, widows, the girl child education amongst others and I am looking forward in partnering with your community.

Bechem Ebini
February 25, 2016

There is no doubt that development can't adequately take place in countries affected fragility, conflict and violence. This is a great move by the world bank group to provide a forum for discussions designed to provide solutions to these issues. Congratulation Mr Saroj Kumar Jha

Brijesh Kumar
February 25, 2016

Great step, I always like to be a part of such a group discussion on a global platform where we could discuss and try to understand crux of conflicts around the globe and share our thoughts. I'm looking forward for it.
Good Luck..!!!

Manish K Jha
February 26, 2016

Excellent Step! Loved the idea and the approach World Bank is taking to effect a positive change in the affected area around the world.As a Development Professional would love to be associated with this initiative.
Best Wishes.

Shadrack Agaki
February 29, 2016

Strategic partnership and collaboration is the only way we can eradicate extreme poverty. Given that we are living in a knowledge economy, starting this blog is a bold step.This is one initiative that i would want to commit my energy and time to, for i believe it is one of the best ways to tackle the social problems we face as a world.

February 26, 2016

Problem shared is a problem solved, world bank group has shared many problems facing our modern world let us all rise and stop any act that is a threat to modern civilisation.

Natalia Monje
February 26, 2016

Peace and violence are very challenging topics. No conflict is alike and therefore there is no magical formula for reaching and maintaining peace in communities. This is going to be a very interesting blog to follow!

February 26, 2016

It's really good idea and crucial topic and willing to be part of this discussion.

Rosalinda Juanta
February 26, 2016

This a nice vision and brilliant idea to help the people around the world.And because of these goals the people lives have changed.This type of ideas can change the world from to better future especially the children or the new generation.

Jesper Karup Pedersen
February 27, 2016

Water tensions, polluted drinking water, poverty, etc. When all comes to an end, many of the projects we launch and implement are aimed at preventing conflicts and wars. It makes our projects meaningful and challenging. The more we can learn from each other, no matter where we work, the better.

Shah Nasir Khan
February 28, 2016

A great initiative, I would say to ensure development planning is conflict sensitive. The displaced people in conflicts lose all their assets and thus leads to more social unrest , poverty and conflict and this vicious circle continues. In Pakistan, now when the insurgency is on rollback and more than 2 million persons are returning back to their areas there is a need to provide them sustainable livelihoods. If not , the sense of loss and poverty will be detrimental to the counter insurgency efforts and will not lead to uprooting the conflict.

Sonia Jorge
February 28, 2016

Hope you are coordinating efforts and activities with your colleagues at the global ICT group, who have done work In fragile countries to support and optimize the use of ICT in addressing key challenges.

Yogesh patel
March 02, 2016

Your ideas are OK, all the reasons that you're going to do is best ways of shearing ideas. But you have to work on the main part of each area/country, as it has it's own drawbacks, so study it and do your work sincerely, best luck, any help from an Indian I will be their to you.

Yogesh patel
March 02, 2016

Your ideas are OK, and making partner and working will get fast working, but the main reason of the areas /country, is to be understood firstly and then work on it, as Indian any help from me, always here, all the best

Ligia de Salazar
March 02, 2016

My country, Colombia is advancing in a peace process aimed to stop an internal war lasting 60 years, along to structural changes to reduce inequities associated to poverty and its consecuencies in social services such as: education, health, employment etc. At the moment, we are facing political and economic challenges from sectors against this process; thus, the sharinf of lessons would be great to reinforce the commintment of stakeholders.

Muhammad sabir
June 02, 2016

This is excellent step by world bank for peace process and for end poverty, poverty itself is a violence.

Muhammad sabir
June 02, 2016

Best vesion
This good step has taken by world bank for ending poverty and peace professing poverty is indrictly proponational to the peace. When peace increased poverty decrease or where peace decrease where poverty increase.

June 10, 2016

There is a lot of challenges facing my dear country Nigeria. From the Book Haram conflict in the North down south in the creeks, herdsmen, farmers conflict - there has never been a time in the history of this nation that peace initiative is most needed. Institutions are to this end training young minds in peace building and peace making.this is in partnership with relevant government and non governmental agencies

Muhammad sabir
June 06, 2016

Excellent jobs are doing world bank. For end poverty we must bring peace , poverty inversely proportional to the peace.