WASHINGTON, DC – 35 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.

  1. Alliance for Peacebuilding
  2. American Friends Service Committee
  3. CARE
  4. Carl Wilkens Fellowship
  5. Center for Civilians in Conflict
  6. Center on Conscience & War
  7. Charity & Security Network
  8. Chemonics
  9. Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
  10. Conference of Major Superiors of Men
  11. Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
  12. Cure Violence
  13. Educators Institute for Human Rights
  14. Friends Committee on National Legislation
  15. Global Communities
  16. Humanity United Action
  17. i-ACT
  18. International Alert
  19. International Crisis Group
  20. International Rescue Committee
  21. Jewish World Watch
  22. Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
  23. Mercy Corps
  24. National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
  25. National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  26. Pax Christi International
  27. Pax Christi USA
  28. Peace Direct
  29. PRBB Foundation
  30. SaferWorld
  31. Search for Common Ground
  32. STAND: Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
  33. Stop Genocide Now
  34. World Relief
  35. World Vision

Christy Delafield | 202.394.1712 | cdelafield@mercycorps.org

Laura Strawmyer | 317.340.1085 | laura@allianceforpeacebuilding.org


Notes to editors:

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

For more information, contact Kate Raley at +1 (713) 515-1267 or kate@civiliansinconflict.org

Image courtesy of U.S. Navy photo by HMC Josh Ives/released)
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