Since its official formation in April 2010, the g7+ Group of Countries in a fragile situation has gained global attention, particularly as the acuteness of the challenges and issues in making development work in countries affected by conflict and fragility have become more apparent. This includes, for instance, the fact that few of these countries have met the targets set by the millennium development goals and that, in future, poverty will be concentrated in fragile settings (OECD2013). Effective aid in fragile situations depends on donors delivering aid; it is recognised that delivering aid in this context cannot be business as usual nor one-size-fits-all approach.

Given growing attention to countries in fragile situation, the g7+ Secretariat was keen to document the story of the emergence of the g7+ Group in its early years – capturing the challenges “we saw facing our countries and how we sought to come  together to address them” and its achievements. This presentation, therefore, sets out our own account of the emergence and formalization of the g7+ as the global forum for countries affected by conflict and fragility. It has been more than five years since our group was formally established in April 2010 in Dili, Timor Leste. Establishing and sustaining a credible grouping of conflict-affected and post-conflict countries which however are rich in extractive and their resources is a momentous achievements in its own right.

Up to now we have achieved a great deal in our more than five years and we are ourselves undergoing transition within our own countries, as well as within the g7+ Group. We felt that it was important to reflect on the history of the g7+ to date and ensure that the institutional memory is not lost. Our initial vision continues to be unifying force for those states struggling to overcome conflict or crisis and to move towards resilience and development for all.