Join us on Tuesday, October 17 at 12:00 pm PST | 3:00 pm EST for a conference call on reaching the most vulnerable people in areas affected by conflict, disaster, or violence. Hear first-hand from experts, ask your questions, and receive the latest updates from the field.

By 2030, it is estimated that two-thirds of all people living in extreme poverty will live in fragile states, where the breakdown between people and government leaves children more vulnerable to disease, hunger, and displacement.  Children living in fragile states are less likely to be in school and have a greater chance of being engaged in child labor or forced to marry early.  A lack of resilience in these fragile contexts means that countries can’t easily bounce back from natural disasters, conflict, or economic crises.

World Vision is not new to this work – we have worked in many of the world’s fragile states for more than 30 years. But no single group or organization can tackle fragility alone, so we partner with others, including the U.S. Government, to cultivate resilience and serve families and communities most in need.

On our upcoming Advocacy Conference Call learn about the increasing need to tackle poverty in fragile states, and how U.S. policies impact World Vision’s ability to reach the most vulnerable. 

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Meet the Experts on the Call:

Join us on Tuesday, October 17 at 12:00pm PST | 3:00pm EST for an informative conference call on reaching the most vulnerable in fragile contexts.Jonathan Papoulidis, Executive Advisor on Fragile States
Jonathan provides leadership on World Vision’s policy and programming in fragile states. Prior to this role, Jonathan built extensive experience supporting peacebuilding and recovery work, including for World Vision in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also worked for the United Nations in Indonesia, Liberia, and Turkey in response to the Iraq humanitarian crisis. He has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Join us on Tuesday, October 17 at 12:00pm PST | 3:00pm EST for an informative conference call on reaching the most vulnerable in fragile contexts.Craig Swandby, Policy Advisor for Conflicts and Disasters
Craig serves World Vision’s humanitarian emergency affairs teams through policy development, advocacy, and U.S. government relations with a primary focus on Iraq, Syria, and category III rapid onset disasters. He also carries experience engaging around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, promoting holistic approaches and policies that seek peace and justice for all people of the land.

Join us on Tuesday, October 17 at 12:00pm PST | 3:00pm EST for an informative conference call on reaching the most vulnerable in fragile contexts.Beth Ann Saracco, Senior Policy Advisor for Food Security and Livelihoods
Beth Ann focuses on global food security issues in both humanitarian response and development contexts. Before coming to World Vision, Beth Ann led on agricultural development and nutrition issues at Bread for the World. Her career on Capitol Hill began working for two senior members of Congress handling appropriations and foreign affairs issues. Beth Ann is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at Georgetown University.

Amanda Mootz, Manager, Grassroots Organizing and Capacity Building
Amanda helps advocates engage in World Vision’s advocacy campaigns, with a focus on equipping the U.S. church to understand a biblical approach to justice and advocacy. Prior to this role, Amanda worked for World Vision International’s education programs team and for the California State Senate as a legislative aide. She holds Masters degrees in Theology and Cross-Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, and lives with her husband, Justin, and son, Crosby, in Tacoma, WA.

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Photo: Sedra, 7, loves her pink plastic comb. She found it on the ground at Za’atari Refugee Camp where she and her six siblings now live. Her family settled in the camp’s first established district, aptly named District One. © 2013 World Vision/ photo by Jon Warren


  • Concerning the increasing needs to tackle poverty in fragile States; apart from partnering with Government and others to cultivate resilience: – We need to step up dialogue, in particular by listening passionately to the most vulnerable who have a contribution to make, document findings, learn lessons and synchronize the views (i.e. bottom top… and top bottom…) for effective re-programming approach. Secondly, funding gaps I understand could limit multi-tasking or going extra mile in this approach to transform lives in fragile communities. My proposal, let the entire staff of World Vision International family be mobilized, sensitized through advocacy both the existing staff and new recruits about scriptural mandate and rewards of giving towards such a noble cause – so that Staff are partakers of the enormous often hidden blessings that comes through giving. I mean, if every staff out of own salary commits only 5% or 10% monthly towards a scheme solely for reaching out most fragile states? Look, “God loves a cheerful giver…” and much more blessings …example 2Corinthians 9:8-11. I have no time to quote scriptures at this stage. Remember, God is able to enrich you in every way…, these are seeds…! Many, me inclusive have testimonies! Imagine how many staff are there, WVI? And how much would we raise on top of the donated funding? I know some of us pay tithes; do not rob God (Malachi 3:8-10). Give to God what is due Him! Hence, this would mean in all 20% from salary if we are responsible Christians who know our God and our obligations, this means 0% is voluntarily to where one worships (church); meanwhile the 10% goes back into World Vision ministry – Staff Budget Support for Fragile Communities(SBSFC)! Trust me, the rewards are incredible for sure and World Vision ministry is translated into another level by grace of God. God bless World Vision family.

  • Correction: I meant 10% (but not 0% as stated in my previous comment above) is tithes which goes to one’s alter, place of worship or the church (Malachi 3:8-11). This is voluntary depending on the level of faith and knowledge of the word of God (Hosea 4:6 and Mark 12:24). Otherwise its mandatory for every child of God to PAY TITHES! Meanwhile the 10% I am voicing is a new scheme particularly goes to SBSFC (Staff Budget Support for Fragile Communities). This comes through deliberate education, mobilization and sensitization on Gods biblical teachings on givings and its immense blessings often ignored and could be made mandatory, after all World Vision mission statement is very clear, “World Vision is international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the kingdom of God.” This alone is tremendous statement that can be illustrated and inculcated into Job descriptions, featuring such ideas, consequently becomes a policy right from recruitment. This takes time and real advocacy because human nature often resists change! But this is possible where there the will to make it so, there must be a way indeed.

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