New tool to assess resilience and fragility in African countries

October 22nd, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The African Development Bank has created and refined a new tool to diagnose fragility in countries, considering their capacities and pressures they may be under. Called the Country Resilience and Fragility Assessment (CRFA), the tool offers a new method of assessing resilience and fragility using seven key criteria: political inclusiveness, safety and security, justice, the economy, social cohesion, the regional contagion effect, and climate change.

In addition to assessing resilience and fragility, the new tool could also be useful for advocacy and communication and improving and strengthening dialogue between the bank and its regional members. It can also help to anticipate crises, due to an early warning system. The tool is easy to use, is reliable and accessible to all. It is an important contribution to research efforts for greater effectiveness in the bank’s work, and adds value to existing techniques for the assessing resilience and fragility.

The insight the CRFA provides makes it possible to offer the most appropriate responses in terms of building a country‚Äôs capacity and resilience. Before the bank approved it during 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 mobilisation departments.

Contact Chawki Chahed, AFDB, c.chahedf@afdb.org