Note to Respondents: This general solicitation of comments from the public is part of the U.S. Government’s effort to consult with representatives of civil society, academia, philanthropic institutions, government, the private sector, international organizations, and the general public with experience working in or otherwise with expertise on fragile and conflict-affected societies and communities in support of the development of a Global Fragility Strategy, pursuant to Section 504(b) of the Global Fragility Act of 2019 (Title V of Division J of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-94)).

This general solicitation is one part of a broader consultative approach that envisions: consultation with the U.S. Congress; convening a multi-stakeholder workshop, hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace; soliciting targeted external expertise; engaging with multilateral partners; enhancing bilateral partnerships; and, engaging through internal Federal department and agency outreach.

The facts or opinions submitted in response to this solicitation will be used to help develop a comprehensive, integrated, ten-year strategy to stabilize conflict-affected areas, address global fragility, and increase U.S. capacity to be a leader in international efforts to prevent extremism and violent conflict.

We appreciate your time in participating in this survey, and we greatly value your responses. We kindly request that you take this survey only once.

Please respond by Tuesday, April 21, and thank you in advance for your insights!

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