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MPs must advocate for the 2 billion people living in fragile and conflict states

18 October 2017

Two billion people live in countries where development is undermined by fragility, conflict and violence. 20 million people are currently facing starvation and famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. New and ongoing conflicts force more and more people from their homes. Our report, launched today, equips parliamentarians with the crucial information they need to advocate on behalf of these people and address the terrible consequences of conflict. 

The UK’s commitment to provide humanitarian aid and tackle the root causes of conflict and fragility has made Britain a world leader when it comes to pushing the humanitarian and peace-building agenda. This commitment can be seen by DFID’s pledge to invest 50% of the aid budget on fragile and conflict states, as well as the political influence and intellectual leadership the UK has provided to help support those trapped in crisis situations. As Bond’s members are some of the best humanitarian and peace-building organisations in the world, they are helping to position the UK as a world leader.

Over 20 of the UK's leading NGOs, from Christian Aid to Safer World, have come together to share what they have learnt from working on the ground to help bridge the gap between MPs and the world’s most pressing emergencies. This report looks at ten countries, such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, Yemen and Syria, where DFID and the FCO have a presence. It sets out key stats, case studies and points out which organisations to get in touch with for more information. 

NGOs work on the frontline of conflicts and humanitarian crises to ensure families have the basics to survive, children still have access to education, and families torn apart by conflict are one day brought back together again. However, NGOs are only a part of the solution.

This report outlines useful recommendations that we hope the UK government will work towards with its partners. Well-informed parliamentarians means accountability to the British taxpayer, as well as targeted immediate assistance to meet people’s needs, and long-lasting, political solutions to the drivers of conflict. 

At a time when the UK is assessing its international role, MPs and Peers will be critical in continuing to build upon our global legacy of compassion and humanity. Parliamentarians have the power to engage, provide oversight and influence UK action for the better, for millions of vulnerable people across the world. Only with support from MPs and Peers can we save and transform lives, so that more people can live free from violence and fear. 

There is an urgent need for the UK to continue to prioritise its lifesaving work on crisis and conflict, but this can only happen if MPs work with NGOs to fully understand the State of the world’s emergencies 2017.

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About the author

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Bond's public affairs and government relations manager, Ali has previously worked for Unicef UK and in parliament. She has an MA in International Politics and Development from Newcastle University.