The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018

Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Paul Cook (R-CA) of the United States Congress introduced the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 (H.R. 5273).

This timely legislation would require the U.S. government – in collaboration with global civil society – to develop a 10-year strategy to bring down current levels of global violence and better address the root causes of violence, violent conflict, and fragility that drive recurrent global crises.


If passed, the legislation will:

  1. Require the administration to launch a “Global Initiative to Reduce Fragility and Violence,” guiding U.S. government efforts to bring down current levels of violence and improve its efforts to prevent future violent conflicts;
  2. Require the Administrator of USAID, in coordination with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, to select 10 pilot countries where it will pursue new investments and programming order to achieve the Global Initiative to Reduce Fragility and Violence;
  3. Improve the administration’s ability to measure, evaluate, and assess efforts to reduce violence and prevent violent conflict;
  4. Lay out four ideas for funding mechanisms for the Initiative; and
  5. Encourage new partnerships with the private, academic, philanthropic, and civil society sectors to help surge research & development to reduce violence.

Learn More

Quotes of Support from Civil Society        Legislation Overview  

 AfP’s Case Statement on Violence Reduction        Take Action!  

Op-Eds, Articles, and Analysis
Congressional Statements
Coalition Statements

Endorsing Organizations

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

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