The world is facing an unprecedented global displacement crisis. Over 70 million people are on the run due to one primary reason: violence. Every year, around 535,000 people are killed by armed violence, and by 2030, 80% of those in extreme poverty will be living in violence-prone, fragile nations. Unfortunately, the U.S. government and the international community are not doing enough – only 2 percent of official U.S. development assistance to fragile states goes towards conflict prevention while the vast majority is spent on treating the symptoms rather than the causes. Given that addressing the root causes of violence and conflict is more cost-effective, it is time for the U.S. government to prioritize efforts to prevent violence and human suffering.
Fortunately, Congress passed the Global Fragility Act (GFA) last year to do just that. Under this innovative law, the U.S. government will adopt a new strategy 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 more people displaced now than any time since the end of the Second World War, we cannot sustainably keep up with the increasing demand of humanitarian needs. Now is the time to prioritize conflict prevention. Now is the time to support the Global Fragility Act.