The Rockefeller Foundation has extended its philanthropic support to the International Growth Centre (IGC) with a grant of $250,000 to support the IGC’s new policy initiative, Reducing State Fragilities, which aims to build on the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development by taking its recommendations into practice.

Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School, is one of the academic leads of the Reducing State Fragilities initiative. State fragility is increasingly seen as a key driver of extreme poverty, and there is a recognised need for rethinking approaches to state fragility at both global and national levels.

Reducing State Fragilities intends to bring new evidence and new thinking on addressing state fragility, including through supporting the DFI Fragility Forum (a forum of almost 30 development finance institutions committed to be more effective in fragile contexts); it has also established the Council on State Fragility, chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, David Cameron, and Dr. Donald Kaberuka, to will provide strategic and policy leadership to the initiative.