The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act

This page refers to bills from the 115th Congress. New versions of this legislation have been re-introduced in 2019 as the Global Fragility Act

The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act would require the U.S. government – in collaboration with global civil society – to develop a 10-year strategy to bring down current levels of global violence and better address the root causes of violence, violent conflict, and fragility that drive recurrent global crises.


In 2018:

H.R. 5273 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Paul Cook (R-CA). It passed the House of Representatives in November 2018. 

S. 3368 was introduced in the United States Senate by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Todd Young (R-IN), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).


If passed, the legislation will:

  1. Require the administration to launch a “Global Initiative to Reduce Fragility and Violence,” guiding U.S. government efforts to bring down current levels of violence and improve its efforts to prevent future violent conflicts;
  2. Require the Secretary of State and the Administrator of USAID, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, to select countries where the U.S. will pursue new investments and programming in order to achieve the Global Initiative to Reduce Fragility and Violence;
  3. Improve the administration’s ability to measure, evaluate, and assess efforts to reduce violence and prevent violent conflict;
  4. Provide ideas for funding mechanisms for the Initiative; and
  5. Encourage new partnerships with the private, academic, philanthropic, and civil society sectors to help surge research & development to reduce violence.

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Quotes of Support from Civil Society Legislation Overview

AfP’s Case Statement on Violence Reduction Take Action!

National News
Local/Regional News
Congressional Statements
Coalition Statements

Endorsing Organizations

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

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