“We, the member countries of the g7+, believe fragile states are characterized and classified through the lens of the developed rather than through the eyes of the developing.” – g7+ Statement, 10 April 2010, Dili, Timor-Leste
The g7+ was formed in response to a gap identified by conflict-affected states in the achievement of Millennium Development Goals and service delivery. Despite generous assistance from development partners, the effectiveness of the assistance has not been significant. Having learned difficult lessons through the experience of conflict or disaster, and seeking to transition to the next stage of development, our members recognized that conflict-affected states are best positioned to learn from one another about these hard-won experiences and collectively advocate for contextually tailored development policies for our countries. To this end, on 10 April 2010 in Dili, Timor-Leste, the inaugural meeting of the g7+ was held, during which members expressed the will to establish the group as an international organization and continue meeting and sharing experiences.
The group’s vision for peacebuilding and statebuilding was recognized and set out in the Dili Declaration (April 2010). Members have since continued to expand and deepen their understanding of fragility, the challenges they face and the potential they possess. The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, agreed by the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, of which the g7+ is a critical constituency in partnership with development partners, is the most prominent call for a step-change in international assistance to countries affected by conflict and fragility. However, the g7+ has also continued advocacy efforts in other fora; critical junctures in our journey include Ministerial meetings conducted in Juba, South Sudan (October 2011), Port-au-Prince, Haiti (November 2012) and Lomé, Togo (May 2014). In addition, the g7+ engages with multilateral organizations such as the World Bank Group, the IMF, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, G20, the International Labour Organisation and the African Union. In this way, the g7+ has helped build momentum for reforms in the way in which the international community engages with conflict-affected states.
Today, the g7+ is building a strong and respected platform, working in concert with international development partners, the private sector, civil society, the media and people across countries, borders and regions to reform international engagement in development in member countries.