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Navigating fragility: the new multilateral agenda

Time (GMT +01) 16:00 18:00
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ODI at the Annual Meetings

ODI is convening a series of events in Marrakech, Morocco during the week of the 2023 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings.

For more information, including details on how to register, please visit our dedicated Annual Meetings webpage.

This event is hybrid and will be taking place online and in-person at the Adam Park Hotel, Zone Touristique de l'Agdal, Agdal, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide interpreters for this event and it will be led in English. We are keen to accommodate as many perspectives as possible and welcome contributions from other languages. If you would like to submit a question or comment in another language, please email us in advance of the event and we will do our best to include these within the discussion.


Join us for a thought-provoking event on the sidelines of the 2023 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund this year, where we will explore an issue at the heart of efforts to evolve the international financial system.

Jointly organised by ODI and International Growth Centre (IGC), this event will focus on the pressing global issue of fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) and its implications for reforming the multilateral development agenda.

Convening experts, thought leaders, and global influencers, including from the global south, we aim to share experiences and redefine global cooperation around this urgent global challenge, which has devastating effects on the poorest and most vulnerable countries but also represents an important barrier to development in middle-income countries.

The discussion will seek to bring clarity to our collective understanding of FCV as an urgent global challenge, and reflect on its implications for efforts to tackling the similarly intractable global challenges of climate change and pandemics.

Building on this discussion, and in the context of reforming the multilateral development agenda, we aim to inform the development of effective strategies and instruments for international financial institutions to address global FCV, with a focus on concessional financing and changes in operating models.

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16:00 16:10

Introductory speeches from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Donald Kaberuka, Abdi Ali and Sara Pantuliano.

16:10 17:00

The first session, featuring Sara Pantuliano and Lukas Rüttinger and moderated by Franck Bousquet, will explore the global significance of fragility. With conversation starters from the audience, we will have an open discussion connecting the sources of fragility, conflict and violence with effective forms of intervention.

17:00 17:50

The second session, featuring Alexia Latortue and moderated by Hans Peter Lankes, will look at these issues in the context of reforming the multilateral development banking system. We will discuss the strategies and instruments the international community can use to address fragility on a global scale, with a particular focus on concessional financing and changes in operating models.

17:50 18:00

Led by Abdi Ali, Sara Pantuliano and Franck Bousquet.


  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    Former President, Liberia

  • Donald Kaberuka

    Donald Kaberuka

    Co-Chair of the Council on State Fragility / Former President of the African Development Bank / Former Minister of Planning and Finance, Rwanda

  • Alexia Latortue

    Alexia Latortue

    Assistant Secretary, United States Treasury

  • Franck Bousquet

    Franck Bousquet

    Deputy Director, International Monetary Fund

  • Sara Pantuliano

    Sara Pantuliano

    Chief Executive, ODI

  • Abdi Ali (IGC)

    Abdi Ali

    Head of State Fragility initiative, IGC / Former Executive Director of the Central Bank of Somalia / National Economic Advisor, Federal Government of Somalia

  • Hans Peter Lankes_Head Shot.jpg

    Hans Peter Lankes

    Visiting Senior Fellow, ODI / Senior Fellow, IGC

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    Lukas Rüttinger

    Senior Advisor for Climate and Security, Adelphi