Written by Sarah NEGEDU

AfDB develops new approach to evaluate fragility in member countries

The African Development Bank, AfDB, said it has created and refined a new tool to assess fragility in member countries, while taking into account their capacities and pressures they may be under.

The new tool, the Country Resilience and Fragility Assessment, CRFA, offers a completely new method of assessing resilience and fragility using seven key criteria including political inclusiveness, safety and security, justice, the economy, social cohesion, the regional contagion effect, and climate change.

A statement from the multimedia content unit of the bank quoted the Director of the Transition States Coordination Office, Sibry Tapsoba, as saying that, “The creation of the CRFA represents a significant advance in the assessment of fragility, which is a reality that it is not always easy to pin down or discern. By introducing, for the first time, the concept of ‘capacities’ and ‘pressures’, this new tool brings much more rigor and effectiveness to the assessment of resilience and fragility, especially since it takes greater account of the national context.”

It assured that before its approval by the Bank Board on 11 September, the CRFA, was subjected to a range of checks for reliability and effectiveness, conducted under the supervision of the Transition States Coordination Office, with support from the Bank's statistics and resource mobilization departments.

In addition to assessing resilience and fragility the new tool, AfDB said should also be useful for advocacy and communication and improving and strengthening dialogue between the Bank and its regional members. It should also help to anticipate crises, thanks to an early warning system.

Riadh Ben Messaoud, of the Bank's Resource Mobilization department explained that, “What we have here is an assessment tool of unquestionable rigor. It is easy to use, it is reliable and it is accessible to all. It brings an undeniable added value to existing techniques for the assessment of resilience and fragility”

It said the creation of a new fragility and resilience assessment tool is an important contribution to research efforts for greater effectiveness in the Bank's work.

The CRFA provides better insight into every dimension of fragility, including the less obvious, making it possible to offer the most appropriate responses in terms of building a country’s capacity and resilience.

 

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