What are fragile contexts?
In short, fragile contexts are the most dangerous places in the world. According to Wan Suen So, as a result of persistent conflict and natural disasters, these places experience chronic instability and stalled economic growth. People often have limited access to basic services like healthcare, nutrition, clean water and education, while also being exposed to violence, exploitation, abuse, etc. and trapped in poverty. Instability also means that people are constantly displaced, making it very difficult to register children and run Child Sponsorship. With a lack of basic infrastructure such as schools and clinics in communities, the priority is to have such facilities in place, before running long-term development projects through Child Sponsorship.
In general, fragile contexts possess the following features:
Threatened by climate change and frequent natural disasters
Fragile contexts tend to feel the impact of climate change and natural disasters more keenly. When they experience multiple hazards on the fragility and climate fronts, the diverse threats and required responses can put a major strain on the limited resources available, forcing authorities to prioritise one issue over another, and thus keep the cycle of fragility going.
Conflict, displacement and chronic instability
At least 79.5 million people around the world, 40% of whom are under the age of 18, have been forced to flee their homes. Power struggles in conflict-affected regions make it difficult for humanitarian organisations to help people caught in the political crossfire.
Living in poverty does not just mean a lack of income or resources – it means people lack access to basic services like healthcare, security and education. Poverty deprives people of food and nutrition, their social standing and a voice in the decision-making process.
Poor access to resources that meet basic needs
It can take years to rebuild the healthcare system of a country ravaged by war. About a quarter of the world’s population lives in fragile contexts that are challenged in delivering quality essential health services.