Last night the Fragility Spectrum Note was formally launched in a reception hosted by the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, H.E. Augustin Matata Ponyo in Kinshasa. The Chair of the g7+ and Minister of Finance of Timor-Leste, H.E. Emilia Pires, joined with the Prime Minister of DRC’s delegated Minister of Finance, H.E. Patrice Kitebi to launch the publication. The Fragility Spectrum is a tool that assists countries to complete the Fragility Assessment that is a part of the FOCUS principles of the New Deal. With the publication of the note the g7+ aims to increase understanding of this tool and report on the progress made in its development so far. To date five g7+ countries have completed their own Fragility Assessment: the DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Timor-Leste. The Spectrum will continue to develop as further assessments are completed. Minister Pires noted that Fragility Assessments and the Fragility Spectrum are unique because they give countries a chance to assess their own fragility in a country owned and led process. She said this was a fine example of the g7+ concept “nothing about us without us.” During the launch delegated Minister of Finance H.E. Kitebi discussed the role of his country in the formation of the g7+ and outlined some of the achievements and challenges facing the DRC. He went on to express appreciation for the continued commitment of Minister Pires and the Government of Timor-Leste to the group. In response the g7+ Chair spoke affectionately of the role of the DRC, describing the transfer of leadership in 2010 as a “passing of a flame already lit brightly” by the work of H.E. Olivier Kamitatu, former Minister of Planning of the DRC The launch of the Fragility Spectrum Note was held alongside of the 5th Technical Meeting of the g7+ in Kinshasa on the 27th and 28th of November. The Fragility Spectrum Note is available here.


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