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Civil Society Welcomes Bipartisan Legislation to Tackle Global Violence

March 16, 2018

Thirty five Alliance for Peacebuilding members and partners welcome H.R. 5273, the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018, introduced by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Paul Cook (R-CA) in the United States House of Representatives.

This timely legislation would require the U.S. government – in collaboration with global civil society – to develop a 10-year strategy to bring down current levels of global violence and better address the root causes of violence, violent conflict, and fragility that drive recurrent global crises.

Violence containment costs the global economy $14.3 trillion each year – 13% of global GDP. This makes violence containment one of the largest industries in the world. Violence and violent conflict, rather than natural disasters, are now the primary driver of forced displacement and migration worldwide. Yet, according to Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD) data, major global donors spend roughly 1% of total overseas development assistance on peacebuilding and conflict management and 8% on politics, justice, and security. This means we’re spending just 9% of international funds addressing violence and its causes, while 91% on development challenges often caused or exacerbated by violence.

It is high time for the United States to make violence reduction and prevention more central elements of its foreign policy and assistance. The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 applies best practices from some of the U.S. government’s most effective and renowned foreign assistance programs – notably the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Feed the Future, and Water for the World – to provide the administration the guidance, authorities, funds and flexibility it needs to better tackle violence and conflict overseas.

Below is a list of organizations that endorse this legislation. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to move the effort forward.

Alliance for Peacebuilding
American Friends Service Committee
Carl Wilkens Fellowship
Center for Civilians in Conflict
Center on Conscience & War
Charity & Security Network
Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Cure Violence
Educators Institute for Human Rights
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Global Communities
Humanity United Action
International Alert
International Crisis Group
International Rescue Committee
Jewish World Watch
Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
Mercy Corps
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Latino Evangelical Coalition
Pax Christi International
Pax Christi USA
Peace Direct
PRBB Foundation
Search for Common Ground
STAND: Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
Stop Genocide Now
World Relief
World Vision

Christy Delafield | 202.394.1712 | cdelafield@mercycorps.org
Laura Strawmyer | 317.340.1085 | laura@allianceforpeacebuilding.org