This year, 235 million people around the globe will depend on humanitarian assistance and protection to survive. Extreme poverty is on the rise, and millions of women, men and children are affected by violent conflict, displacement and severe hunger. The United States must take immediate action to prevent these crises from escalating.
Congress took an important step by passing the Global Fragility Act of 2019 – but this new approach will require resources to succeed at reducing violent conflict in the most vulnerable communities. With 1 in 33 people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection worldwide, we cannot afford to maintain the status quo. Now is the time to prioritize conflict prevention, and it is essential that Congress provide the funding necessary to ensure success of this act.
We need your help today: Will you sign the petition urging Congress to fully fund the Global Fragility Act?
Dear Member of Congress,
As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to support the successful implementation of the bipartisan Global Fragility Act of 2019 by ensuring its three authorized accounts are fully funded. Specifically, I request that you support an appropriation of $50 million for the Complex Crises Fund, $200 million for the Prevention and Stabilization Fund, and $25 million for the Multi-Donor Global Fragility Fund in the fiscal year 2022 Appropriations Act.
This year, 235 million people — 1 in every 33 — globally will depend on humanitarian assistance and protection to survive largely as a result of 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. Despite this global crisis, the international community and the United States are supporting a reactive approach by treating the symptoms, not the causes, of conflict. Only 2 percent of official development assistance to fragile states go towards conflict prevention.
Fortunately, in December 2019, a bipartisan group in Congress came together to pass the Global Fragility Act (GFA). This innovative new law reorients U.S. foreign policy and assistance by ensuring that U.S. diplomatic, development, and defense agencies collaborate to reduce violence in at least five high-priority, fragile countries over the next decade. The law requires the U.S. government to adopt a new government-wide plan to prevent conflict, and in December 2020, the U.S. Department of State released the first U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability. Through this new strategy, the U.S. government will invest in efforts, such as civil society empowerment, conflict resolution, justice sector reform, good governance, civilian security, and security sector reform, to prevent violence before it occurs.
Now it is up to Congress to ensure that the U.S. government can implement this bold new law by ensuring it is fully funded. We know that investing in prevention is a strategic investment. According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, for every $1 spent on prevention, $16 can be saved in crisis response. That is why I urge you to fund the three accounts authorized by Global Fragility Act: $50 million for the Complex Crises Fund, $200 million for the Prevention and Stabilization Fund, and $25 million for the Multi-Donor Global Fragility Fund for the purpose of Global Fragility Act implementation.
To save lives, we must treat the root causes of conflict rather than the symptoms. I sincerely hope that you will stand with the vulnerable communities around the world and provide funding for the implementation of the Global Fragility Act.