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Tilman Brück to speak at IGNITE8 Conference “Reimagine Jobs”

The virtual IGNITE8 conference by SPARK and IFC examines how women, refugees, and other vulnerable youth can play a key role in reimagining jobs across the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Sessions will be held in English with Arabic translation.   Register for free here: IGNITE Conference 2021 – SPARK 

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A storymap published for the project “SEEDS for Recovery: Unraveling humanitarian interventions in conflict-affected Syria’s Agriculture”

SEEDS for Recovery evaluates the long-term impact of a complex agricultural intervention conducted by FAO in acutely conflict-affected Syria. The project, funded under the CEDIL– Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning initiative, is a collaboration between ISDC and the American University of Beirut. The 3-year duration (2020-2023) project aims at developing and testing innovative methods for evaluation of FAO’s agricultural […]

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17th Annual Workshop of the Households in Conflict Network: “Conflict, Migration, and Displacement“

Online event hosted by the University of Göttingen Dates: 11-12 October 2021 The keynote speaker is Mathias Thoenig, Professor of Economics at the School of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne. In an open plenary session, which is jointly organized by the Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig) and the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), we discuss “Migration and Security Policy” with Ruben […]

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HG4RR Webinar series uploads

Since October 2020, HG4RR has hosted a series of webinars focused on the challenges and opportunities of home garden interventions and evaluation in development and emergency settings. Expert guest speakers joined Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück from the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops/ISDC to discuss their work, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. […]

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Call for Sessions and Papers: 7th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International Security and Development Center invite submission of proposals for sessions and individual research papers for the 7th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held online during October 26-28, 2021. The […]

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Call for Papers: “Conflict, Migration, and Displacement“ 17th Annual Workshop of the Households in Conflict Network

Online event hosted by the University of Göttingen (potentially hybrid if the situation allows it)Dates: 11-12 October 2021 Considering that one percent of the world population is displaced and ten percent of the world population lives under conflict, the complex nexus of forced migration, development, and security is central to the analysis of household welfare. When accounting for […]

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Registration open for the 6th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference 2020

The registration for participation for the 6thAnnual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held online on 27-30 October 2020, is open. The conference is organized by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International Security and […]

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Press Release: “Can jobs programs build peace?” New paper highlights the need to strengthen evidence in development aid spending.

“Can jobs programs build peace?” has been published in the peer-reviewed journal “World Bank Research Observer”. This review of why jobs programs might build peace and whether or not they do is the result of collaboration between ISDC and Valeria Izzi, with support from ILO, PBSO, UNDP and the World Bank. The article highlights strong social science theories that link employment programs and peace but scant real world evidence that programs have successfully delivered this promise. Until such a link and its mechanisms can be robustly established, simply running good jobs programs in the difficult situations that require peacebuilding probably makes more sense.

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Laura Peitz among the winners of the PhD research paper award

Laura Peitz is among the winners of the Dahrendorf Forum PhD Research Paper Award. Her paper Too Many Cooks Don’t Spoil the Broth? – Bridging Literatures on Private Sector Engagement in Sustainable Development (working title) examines how research relevant to private sector engagement in sustainable development is currently conducted disconnectedly in various disciplines and programmes and discusses the […]

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Press Release: Life with Corona survey reveals shared global sentiments and stark generational divides

Older people worry less, Americans want priority access to vaccine – Global survey reveals generational and cultural differences in how we live with the pandemic On Thursday, 1 October2020,the second round of the Life with Corona global survey is being launched, alongside a report covering key findings from six monthsof data collectionincluding: Young adults actively […]

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New research report on the politics and economics of funding peace negotiations

Funding for peace negotiations is often treated as a purely technical issue. However, on closer inspection, funding is fundamentally political and, as such, has a profound impact on the architecture and the dynamics of peace negotiations. For a functioning peace negotiation process, the funding requests of the negotiation stakeholders, defined as the negotiating parties and […]

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New Project on Life with Corona in Africa

A new project exploring how African citizens respond to and cope with the pandemic has been launched at ISDC. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Life with Corona in Africa project will run until December 2021 and will build on the unique Life with Corona online survey to advance understanding of how the […]

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New Working Paper: Trust in the Time of Corona

A new working paper has been published using the data from a new global Life with Corona survey. Tilman Brück, Neil Ferguson, Patricia Justino and Wolfgang Stojetz explore how trust correlates with the individual experiences of the pandemic. The authors show that those who have had contact with sick people and those that are unemployed show lower […]

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Call for Papers: Webinar on the challenges facing Angolan youth

ISDC and the Angolan Research Network (ARN) are inviting submissions for a joint research workshop on the challenges facing Angolan youth (“A juventude em Angola face aos desafios do future — Forças e fraquezas”). The workshop will be held online on 17 September 2020. 66% of Angola’s population are considered “young”. This online webinar will […]

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Lebanon must learn from the Syrian disaster

In their latest op-ed, Tilman Brück and Mounir Mahmalat argue that overlapping crises are threatening the political, economic and social stability of Lebanon. As this column explains, the disaster in Syria provides insights into how grievances can accumulate to a point at which single events can trigger conflict. Elites in Lebanon must commit to a new […]

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HiCN Call for Papers “Social unrest and violent conflict in times of pandemics”

The 16th Annual Workshop of the Households in Conflict Network will be an online event this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The world is experiencing an shock of massive proportions, with a host of unexplored questions and uncertain answers. Scholars can contribute substantially to the debate, in particular a network as ours with a long […]

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Tilman Brück appointed Professor of Food Security, State Fragility and Climate Change at the University of Greenwich

Tilman Brück has been appointed Professor of Food Security, State Fragility and Climate Change at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich. Tilman’s appointment at the NRI strengthens ISDC’s international networks and opens new collaborations for the analysis of how weak institutions, shocks and climate change shape lives and livelihoods around the world.

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Survey “Life with Corona” launched: take part now!

The Corona/COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis facing the world. People around the world are adapting their daily lives and fear lock-ins, shortages of food and other essential goods, as well as severe illness and death. At the same time, some people do not appear at all to be worried about getting infected and disregard […]

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