The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating conflict and instability, worsening an already dire global humanitarian crisis. COVID-19 has exacerbated many factors underlying global instability, leaving more communities vulnerable to violence and conflict. Initial Mercy Corps analysis shows how the pandemic is fraying trust, proliferating disinformation, expanding the influence of armed and violent extremist groups, and increasing resource competition.
This year, 235 million people globally will depend on humanitarian assistance and protection to survive largely due to violent conflict. Extreme poverty is on the rise for the first time in two decades, nearly 80 million people are displaced, and 77 million struggle with severe hunger. COVID-19 is now projected to ignite conflict in 13 more countries through 2022, pushing conflict to its highest point in the past 30 years. The United States must take immediate action to prevent this crisis from escalating.
Fortunately, Congress passed the Global Fragility Act (GFA) of 2019 to do just that. Under this innovative law, the U.S. government has adopted a new approach — the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability — to address the causes of conflict before they balloon into crises. However, implementing this new approach requires resources. It is essential that Congress provide the funding necessary to ensure the success of this important new law.
Please urge your Senators and Representative in Congress to support the implementation of the Global Fragility Act, specifically by providing funding for the Complex Crises Fund, Prevention and Stabilization Fund, and the Multi-Donor Global Fragility Fund. With 1 in 33 people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection worldwide largely as a result of conflict, we cannot afford to maintain the status quo. Now is the time to prioritize conflict prevention. Now is the time to fully fund the Global Fragility Act.
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