Tell Congress: Help prevent global violence

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The world is experiencing a 25-year high in violence, causing devastation from Nigeria to Yemen, Afghanistan and beyond. Global humanitarian needs have ballooned from £3 billion in 2004 to over £16 billion in 2016.

We know that too much foreign assistance is spent on treating the symptoms of violence instead of its causes. Despite the fact that prevention programmes are effective in increasing security and ending conflict, only 2 percent of aid to vulnerable countries was spent on conflict prevention in 2016.

At Mercy Corps, we support real solutions for a more peaceful future. The Global Fragility Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill now in front of Congress, sets out a strategic plan to stop the rise in violence. If enacted, this bill would require the government to:

  • identify the causes of conflict
  • develop strategies for prevention in vulnerable countries
  • budget more resources to address root causes of violence

By passing this law, the U.S. will be able to more effectively prevent violence and reduce its enormous cost on families around the world. Add your name and urge your representatives to vote for the Global Fragility Act today.

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My Message

Dear Member of Congress,

I am writing today to urge you to support passage and funding of the Global Fragility Act of 2019.

The scale of global violence is staggering, and its effects are threatening global peace and security. The world is experiencing a 25-year peak in violence with complex crises devastating communities and displacing an unprecedented 68.5 million people. More than 550,000 people die from violence every year, while annual humanitarian need globally has increased from £3 billion to over £16 billion since 2004.

According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, violence containment costs the global economy £12 trillion a year, or 13.4 percent of the world’s GDP. If violence were to decrease uniformly across the world by just 10 percent, the global economy would gain £1 trillion each year. Yet the international community continues to underinvest in efforts to prevent and mitigate conflict. In fact, in 2016, only two percent of official development assistance to fragile countries was dedicated to conflict prevention.

Passing the Global Fragility Act of 2019 will help solve this problem and will save lives both at home and abroad. I sincerely hope you will vote in favour of and appropriate funding for this vital legislation. Millions of lives depend on it.

Thank you.

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