The g7+ is a group of 20 fragile and conflict-affected states that have joined together to share experiences and lobby the international community to engage more effectively in fragile and conflict-affected countries and regions.
The group is currently chaired by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Sierra Leone, Dr Kaifala Marah.
The New Deal
The g7+ and its development partners in the International Dialogue agreed the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States (the ‘New Deal’) in November 2011 at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan.
Seven fragile states agreed in Busan to pilot the New Deal: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Timor-Leste. Other g7+ countries are also actively implementing elements of the New Deal.
We began supporting the g7+ in April 2011. We have supported the group and the development of the New Deal through a range of activities:
- Support and capacity building of the g7+ secretariat, based in Dili, Timor-Leste: We have provided support to the g7+ secretariat in logistics, translation, communications and administration. This support until recently included the secondment of an ODI project officer to the g7+ secretariat in Timor-Leste, and currently includes the support of two g7+ nationals working in the secretariat.
- Research and policy advice: This has included an OECD funded paper the use of innovative aid instruments in support of Peacebuilding and Statebuilding and an ODI Briefing Paper Getting better results from assistance to fragile states.
- Support and advice on the engagement of the g7+ in international events and with International Organisations
- Support to the implementation of the New Deal at the country level.