The Africa Development Bank. (Photo Courtesy)
The Africa Development Bank. (Photo Courtesy)

The African Development Bank (ADB) has created and refined a new tool called the Country Resilience and Fragility Assessment (CRFA) to offer a completely new method of assessing resilience and fragility using seven key criteria: political inclusiveness, safety and security, justice, the economy, social cohesion, the regional contagion effect, and climate change.

“By introducing, for the first time, the concepts of ‘capacities’ and ‘pressures’, CRFA brings much more rigor and effectiveness to the assessment of resilience and fragility, especially since it takes greater account of the national context,” said, Sibry Tapsoba, Director of the Transition States Coordination Office (RDTS).

Before its approval by the Bank Board on September 11th, the CRFA, was subjected to a range of checks for reliability and effectiveness, conducted under the supervision of the Transition States Coordination Office, with support from the Bank’s statistics and resource mobilization departments.

In addition to assessing resilience and fragility, the new tool should also be useful for advocacy and communication and improving and strengthening   dialogue between the Bank and its regional members. It should also help to anticipate crises, thanks to an early warning system.

The creation of a new fragility and resilience assessment tool is an important contribution to research efforts for greater effectiveness in the Bank’s work.

The CRFA provides better insight into every dimension of fragility, including  the less obvious, making it possible to offer the most appropriate responses in terms of building a country’s capacity and resilience.