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Users' Guide on Measuring Fragility

Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany and developed by the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and the German Development Institute, the Users’ Guide on Measuring Fragility presents a comparative analysis of eleven well-known fragility indices, assessing their conceptual premises, methodologies and valid and invalid uses. The Guide will be launched in October.
Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany and developed by the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and the German Development Institute, the Users’ Guide on Measuring Fragility presents a comparative analysis of eleven well-known fragility indices, assessing their conceptual premises, methodologies and valid and invalid uses.
 
The interest in understanding and predicting situations of fragility has grown exponentially amongst research and policy communities in the last years, in parallel to debates around poor governance performance, development challenges and aid effectiveness. As a response to this interest, various fragility indices are periodically published, reflecting a diverse range of interests, purposes and aspirations. Despite the proliferation and ever-increasing use of and reference to these indices, to date no systematic, comprehensive study of such indices has been produced.
 
The Users’ Guide on Measuring Fragility aims to empower the non-expert user with greater knowledge and critical understanding of fragility indices, addressing key questions regarding the concepts being measured and possible application.
 
The Guide will be launched in October.