Fragile contexts affected by conflict and/or protracted crises face numerous governance challenges limiting the effectiveness of public services and hampering investment and job creation. These challenges also reduce the region’s or country’s capacity to adapt to climate change.

Inclusive Governance and Peacebuilding in Fragile Contexts

In these contexts, state institutions often struggle to alleviate tensions due to limited capacity for action. These institutions have difficulty mobilizing and managing resources transparently and cohesively, leading to ambiguity regarding responsibilities, roles and competencies, and sometimes exacerbating local conflicts. This lack of clarity erodes trust in governments, diminishing their legitimacy and credibility.

Overview of the current situation


of the world's population lives in fragile contexts (World Bank)


humanitarian assistance needs are attributed to conflicts (World Bank)


consecutive year that global peace deteriorates (Institute for Economics & Peace)

Promoting change

IssuesFragile contexts disproportionately affect women and youth

Fragile contexts are often characterized by unstable institutions and governance failures, leading to a weakness in essential functions linked, among other things, to citizen participation, particularly that of women, security and public services. These contexts are also more prone to violent conflicts.

Our ApproachesFoster sustainable changes in crisis contexts and a return to stability
  1. Addressing the immediate needs of marginalized populations, with a focus on women and youth.

  2. Supporting cash transfer mechanisms and labour programs leading to community assets, livelihood recovery programs and protection of women and girls against gender-based violence.

  3. Strengthening community organizations, local governance institutions and supporting local development planning and implementation processes, with an emphasis on women and youth leadership.

  4. Consolidating the links between humanitarian action, development programs and peacebuilding.

  5. Strengthening national policies, institutional frameworks and financing mechanisms for an improved and decentralized local governance, women and youth leadership and citizen engagement.

Expected changesConsolidating peace with the participation of women

Immediate community needs are better met, community organizations and citizen engagement are strengthened, and local institutions are more inclusive, with women and youth leadership contributing to peacebuilding.

Our Impact

40% of the investment budgets of many municipalities in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Ghana are now allocated to women and youth, following a reform of national regulations supported by CECI and its partners.

Our other priorities for action