An estimated 535 million — almost one-quarter of the world’s children — live in places affected by conflict or disaster. These are future educators, doctors, and peacemakers. These are children we have the power to protect.

Conflict and violence currently drive 80 percent of humanitarian needs. They are the main drivers that force families to flee their homes and communities – the fate of 66 million people globally, surpassing natural disasters for the first time in history.

Preventable violence kills 1.4 million people each year, about equal to the number of people killed by AIDS and malaria combined in 2016. People in extreme poverty are the most susceptible. In the middle of all of this are children – not only suffering the impacts, but also missing out on opportunity.

And if things continue as they are, by 2030 nearly 50 percent of those in extreme poverty will be impacted by violence and fragility, making this a global crisis. For global progress, it is key for the U.S. to address global conflict and fragility now.

The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 (H.R.5273, S. 3368)

The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 (H.R.5273, S. 3368) aims to strengthen the capacity of the United States to address root causes of fragility and violence globally. For global progress, it is key for the U.S. to address global conflict and fragility now. If passed, this bill will result in:

  • Development of a long-term interagency strategy.
  • Selection of six countries to launch The Global Initiative to Reduce Fragility and Violence. These countries will be chosen based on indicators of fragility and violence, including violence-related deaths, violence exposure levels, the number of people forcibly displaced due to conflict, gender-based violence, and violence against children.
  • Ten-year goals and plans for action will be developed for each pilot country, including clear, transparent, and measurable benchmarks.
  • Community-based coordination to ensure that marginalized populations, including women and youth, are represented in decisions.
  • A report to Congress every two years on progress made and lessons learned.

House:

Date Introduced: March 14, 2018

Number of Cosponsors: 14

Senate:

Date Introduced: August 22, 2018

Number of Cosponsors: 4

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(Last Updated 9/28/18)

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