Stability, Peace and Security

DFID’s work is increasingly located in fragile and conflict affected states, or FCAS, where the environment for economic development is very challenging.  As noted in the DFID economic development strategy, violence is often used to secure access to resources at the expense of the wider population. this can deter entrepreneurship and deepen poverty.   The world’s poor are increasingly concentrated in fragile states, as other countries are managing to allow their poorer people to increase incomes and escape poverty.

The FCAS agenda is central to BERF.  Following a policy research scoping study, BERF has been undertaking a detailed research study on dimensions of fragility in relation to business environment reform based on case studies in 4 countries (Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia).  DFID has identified high fragility countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, which have been amongst the most important focus countries for BERF.  Work is planned in others such as Somalia.

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