The MIFFs – a whole new kind of country?

by | Jul 21, 2011

There’s a good piece (here) in the Economist on a whole new kind of country – the MIFFs (middle-income, failed or fragile states) picking up on a Global Dashboard blog last week (here).

Who are the MIFFs?

Home to 17% of the world’s poor and 40% of the world’s conflict they include a whole range of countries (see below) who are fragile and no longer so poor.


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    Andy Sumner is co-director of the <a href="">King’s International Development Institute</a> at King’s College London. He is an interdisciplinary development economist. His research covers global poverty and Southeast Asia, specifically, Indonesia. Before taking his position at King’s college, he was a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. He holds associate positions at Oxford University at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. He is a vice president of the <a href="">European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes</a> and a council member of the <a href="">Development Studies Association.</a> He was listed in Foreign Policy Magazine’s <a href="">‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’</a> and writes a regular column for <a href="">Global Policy.</a>