Liberia Hosts Fragile States Penal Today

Liberia is expected to host hundreds of guests today in the main capital Monrovia to discuss issues relative to fragile states in Africa and how to ground the root of peace and stability.

Today September 2, 2013, the High level Panel on Fragile States will hold a meeting in Monrovia with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Mr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group, Leading a horde of discussants on the question, “How can we truly build peace and set a course for prosperity in Africa’s fragile states.

The ADB established a special panel to advise the institution on expanding its strategy for engaging with fragile states. The panel is led by Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and eight others eminent members of having extensive experience with state fragility in Africa and its impact on development.

State fragility remains a major constraint to Africa’s development and addressing it is a tough priority for the bank.

“With the help of President Sirleaf and a group of experts, we are crafting a new approach to help such countries to recover much faster and to minimize the impact on the neighborhood,” ADB President, Donald Kaberuka said.


Due to the dynamic nature of conflict and cries on the continent, support to fragile states is being harnessed by the World Bank to address the roots of fragility while assistance to fragile states must take the regional dimensions of fragility into account.

The panel is charged with the task of providing expert guidance on targeted assistance beyond financial support to accelerate state-building and peace-building.

The panel is also expected to conduct outreach to communicate the Bank’s committed approach to countries in situations of fragility and post conflict.

President Sirleaf, and Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group, will launch a special high-level panel on fragile states in Monrovia today. The panel seeks to answer the question, “How can we truly build peace and set a course for prosperity in Africa’s fragile states.”

Conflict and fragility are major constraints to Africa’s development. While the African continent generally has enjoyed an economic growth rate of 5% over the last decade, fragile countries and those in conflict have not benefitted. Globally, GDP per capita is $945, but in fragile states, it hovers at only about a third of that, around $333. Addressing this challenge is a top priority for the African Development Bank.

The 60 participants at the launch included 13 ministries of finance and planning, and senior representatives from international organizations and civil society. They came from the Central African Republic, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tomé, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Togo.

Members of the High Level Panel are, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; President of Liberia, Chair; Sarah Cliffe; Special Representative & Director, World Development Report-Conflict, Security & Development, UN; Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo; Deputy Director-General for field and partnerships, International Labor Office; Geraldine Frasier-Moleketi: Special Envoy on Gender, African Development Bank.

Others are Callisto Madavo: Professor, Georgetown University; Greg Mills: Director of Brenthurst Foundation; Rakiya Omaar; Director of African Rights and Dame Barbara Stocking: President, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.