The CPRC redefines fragile states as those that do nothing to reduce individual risks for citizens, or in fact increase them through predatory behaviour. Conflict intensifies and perpetuates chronic poverty – as people lose assets and income and access to markets, and as social service spending falls. Chronic poverty can also lead to conflict – particularly through social discontent and where violence offers a means of livelihood for poor people. This Briefing examines the relationships between fragile states, conflict, and chronic poverty, and what policies are most effective to help the poor in fragile states.
CPRC Policy Brief 24, 8 pp.