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Elements for a Conceptual Model of Fragility

Piffaretti, Nadia F. (2014): Elements for a Conceptual Model of Fragility.

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This note is an attempt to suggest a few key elements for a conceptual model of fragility as a dynamic process, that could help conceptualize and operationalize fragility in a way that is useful to policymakers and practitioners when designing development strategies, and allocating funds. We’ve pointed out the need to overcome income-level related definitions of fragility inherited from the LICUS framework, the important limitation of national boundaries as main unit of analysis, and the relevance of the risk framework suggested by the WDR14 to complement the WDR11 framework. Further, we’ve suggested embracing a multiscalar view of fragility. The ground covered in this note is not exhaustive. We reckon the simplicity of the conceptual model can allow for easy integration of individual dimensions, including the nascent literature of the effects of climatic change on human conflict.

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