A New Approach to State Fragility

June 28

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The British Academy,
London, UK




About the Event

On June 28, CIFAR, the International Growth Centre, and the British Academy are convening thought leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society for a robust conversation about Escaping the Fragility Trap – the recent report of the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development.



Estimates suggest that by 2030, half of the world’s poor will live in countries that are fragile. This report argues a new global approach to state fragility and international aid is needed for countries caught in the ‘fragility trap’.Through a panel discussion at the British Academy, Commissioners will share their findings and explore the implications.

Sir Timothy Besley (Commission Academic Director, Fellow of the British Academy and CIFAR Fellow, and Professor, London School of Economics) will give opening remarks.

Panelists include:

  • Sir Paul Collier (Commission Academic Director), Fellow of the British Academy, Professor, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
  • James Fearon (Commissioner), CIFAR Senior Fellow; Professor, Stanford University
  • Rachel Glennerster, Chief Economist, UK Department for International Development
  • Adnan Khan (Commission  Co-chair), Research and Policy Director, International Growth Centre; Professor,  London School of Economics  
  • Roger Myerson, CIFAR Advisor; Professor, University of Chicago

This event is organized by CIFAR, the International Growth Centre and the British Academy.

The LSE-Oxford Fragility Commission was established under the auspices of the IGC in March 2017 to guide policy to address state fragility. It is chaired by former Prime Minister of the UK David Cameron. Commission members from CIFAR’s international research network include Sir Timothy Besley (Academic Director) and James Fearon (Commissioner), both fellows of CIFAR’s program Institutions, Organizations & Growth. Tim Besley is also a Fellow of the British Academy.



Tim Besley
CIFAR Senior Fellow
Institutions, Organizations & Growth

Paul Collier

Paul Collier
Professor of Economics and Public Policy 
University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government


Rachel Glennerster
Chief Economist
UK Department for International Development


Adnan Khan
Research and Policy Director
International Growth Centre


Roger B. Myerson
Institutions, Organizations & Growth

In partnership with: British Academy LSE-partner-logos-revised-1-700x189  
 Supported by:  Crabtree Foundation