The Global Fragility Act of 2019 (GFA) is the first United States government-wide initiative to prevent and reduce violent conflict in fragile countries and regions. Authored and passed through Congress with strong bipartisan support, the GFA mandates strategic coordination across the federal government to identify root causes of conflict and to engage “civil society and local partners in the design, implementation and monitoring of [US] programs.” Further, the GFA mandates measures to ensure that local actors, including civil society entities, have an ownership stake in developing and evaluating conflict prevention and peacebuilding plans.

This paper from the Keough School of Global Affairs provides policy-relevant research in support of the US government’s efforts to address global fragility.

The goal should be to develop effective ways to engage religious actors in a sophisticated and subtle manner as important local actors with valuable insight and experience.