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Global Fragility Act

H.R.2116, S.727

March 18, 2019


World-wide levels of violence are at a 25-year peak, undercutting stability, reversing development gains, and spurring a global migration crisis not seen since World War II. Violence has surpassed natural disasters as the main driver behind forced displacement.

The Global Fragility Act (H.R.2116, S.727) strengthens our capacity to address the root causes of violence, which is taking an increasingly harsh economic and human toll.

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The legislation mandates the development of a long-term, government-wide strategy to address fragility and violence in priority countries and provides critical funds to reduce and prevent violence. It requires the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish clear, transparent, and measurable benchmarks on progress, to be reported to Congress every two years.

The coordination of efforts to prevent violent conflict will ensure the U.S. government is able to respond to the world’s humanitarian needs.

Background Summary: Global Fragility Act 

(H.R.2116, S.727)

Representatives Eliot Engel (NY-16), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Adam Smith (WA-09), Ann Wagner (MO-02), Bill Keating (MA-09), and Francis Rooney (FL-19) and Senators Chris Coons (DE), Lindsey Graham (SC), Jeff Merkley (OR), Marco Rubio (FL), and Todd Young (IN) have introduced the Global Fragility Act (H.R.2116, S.727).

Background Five Reasons to Support the Global Fragility Act  

H.R.2116, S.727

Representatives Eliot Engel (NY-16), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Adam Smith (WA-09), Ann Wagner (MO-02), Bill Keating (MA-09), and Francis Rooney (FL-19) and Senators Chris Coons (DE), Lindsey Graham (SC), Jeff Merkley (OR), Marco Rubio (FL), and Todd Young (IN) have introduced the Global Fragility Act (H.R.2116, S.727).

Legislative Ask Support the Global Fragility Act  

H.R.2116/S.727

The world is experiencing a 25-year peak in violence, resulting in the forced displacement of millions, and generating 80 percent of humanitarian need. The United States must act to peacefully reduce and prevent violent conflict.