Aiding Fragile, Conflict-Affected Situations
Last month in Bangkok, The Asia Foundation and the Asian Development Bank conducted a workshop on assessing fragility. This week in In Asia, conflict experts Patrick Barron and Sasiwan Chingchit write that despite Asia's turbo-charged growth in recent decades, fragility persists. Subnational conflicts affect half of the countries in South and Southeast Asia, they tend to endure for decades, and they often occur in otherwise stable places like the Philippines (pictured right). Barron and Chingchit examine the perils of fragility: it undermines human security; violence can spill over to other areas; it smothers growth and development. Two-thirds of fragile states will miss the MDG development goal of halving poverty. To find out what development organizations should do, read more on our blog.