The world is experiencing a 25-year high in violence, causing devastation from Nigeria to Yemen, Afghanistan and beyond. Global humanitarian needs have ballooned from $3.5 billion in 2004 to over $20 billion in 2016.
We know that too much foreign assistance is spent on treating the symptoms of violence instead of its causes. Despite the fact that prevention programs are effective in increasing security and ending conflict, only 2 percent of aid to vulnerable countries was spent on conflict prevention in 2016.
At Mercy Corps, we support real solutions for a more peaceful future. The Global Fragility Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill now in front of Congress, sets out a strategic plan to stop the rise in violence. If enacted, this bill would require the government to:
- identify the causes of conflict
- develop strategies for prevention in vulnerable countries
- budget more resources to address root causes of violence
By passing this law, the U.S. will be able to more effectively prevent violence and reduce its enormous cost on families around the world. Add your name and urge your representatives to vote for the Global Fragility Act today.