A young girl stands at her school in DRC
Fragile Contexts
We work in some of the world’s most dangerous places

Standing with Children in Fragile Contexts


By 2030, 80% of the world's poorest people will be living in places that are very dangerous for children. Some experts call these dangerous places "fragile contexts" - where chronic instability, conflict, and violence leave large numbers of children caught in a trap of extreme vulnerability coupled with crippling poverty. Those with a responsibility to protect children and their families are unable or unwilling to do so in these places.

Children in fragile contexts live on a knife edge and are extremely vulnerable to violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect. These are the children that our faith as a Christian organisation, and our principles as a humanitarian and development organisation compel us to stand with.

Learn more about World Vision's approaches to fragile contexts below.

In fragile contexts, children suffer extreme levels of abuse, exploitation, deprivation and violence, often for generations, and face high levels of food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition.
Matthew Scott - Fragile Contexts Initiative Leader
  • "..even though our paradigms, frameworks, commitments, and our guidance say ‘get rid of the silos and work in an integrated way’, funding is still going out the door in these very stove-piped ways.” World Vision's Matthew Scott in the New Humanitarian, December 2019
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