Tilman Brück

Ethnic inequality and forced displacement

How does ethnic inequality shape victimization in violent conflicts? Our case study of the 2010 conflict in Kyrgyzstan tests whether communities with higher ethnic inequalities in education experienced more intense displacement. We find that local inequality in education between Kyrgyzstan’s ethnic majority and its largest minority robustly predicts patterns of forced displacement, controlling for alternative […]

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Weather shocks across seasons and child health: Evidence from a panel study in the Kyrgyz Republic

It has been shown consistently in the literature that early life exposure to extreme weather events affects children’s nutritional status and related long-term health and well-being outcomes. The effects of weather shocks other than rainfall, as well as heterogeneous effects among population subgroups and moderators of this relationship, however, are less well understood. By combining […]

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The Economic Burden of Violent Conflict

Calculating the consequences of global public bads such as climate change or pandemics helps uncover the scale, distribution and structure of their economic burdens. As violent conflict affects billions of people worldwide, whether directly or indirectly, this article sets out to estimate its global macroeconomic repercussions. Using a novel methodology that accounts for multiple dimensions […]

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Evaluation of UNHCR’s Engagement in Humanitarian-Development Cooperation

Displacement trends show that developing countries host most of the world’s refugees and are dealing with displacement that lasts longer today than in the past. UNHCR sees an opportunity to improve outcomes for both refugees and host communities by combining humanitarian and development strategies. In most cases, increased humanitarian-development cooperation had primarily positive effects on […]

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Data Options for Assessing Gender Dimensions of Forced Displacement : A Background Note

Forced displacement has profound impacts on lives and livelihoods, which creates enormous demands on government and other stakeholders seeking to support affected populations. Yet, designing and implementing policies that are effective, ethical, and equitable has been severely limited due to a lack of empirical research. Rigorous evidence on the causes, characteristics and consequences of forced […]

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Syria: Do complex agricultural interventions strengthen food security? (Evidence brief)

Agricultural interventions in crises and conflict settings have a notable and significant impact in improving the food security status of households in the short-term. However, such programmes require more precise targeting and intervention clustering if they aim to strengthen resilience. The evidence brief discusses these findings and draws recommendations based on an impact evaluation in […]

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Supporting Emergency Needs, Early Recovery and Longer-term Resilience in Syria’s Agriculture Sector (Endline Report 2021)

Endline Report of the Impact Assessment of the FCDO- funded FAO Programme in Syria The “Supporting emergency needs, early recovery and longer-term resilience in Syria’s agriculture sector” project is a FAO programme in Syria, funded by FCDO (previously DFID). FAO Syria implemented the programme between October 2017 and May 2021 in nine Governorates across Syria, […]

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The Double Burden of Female Protracted Displacement: Survey Evidence on Gendered Livelihoods in El Fasher, Darfur

During protracted displacement, women and girls often face serious gender-specific challenges and vulnerabilities, including adverse norms and institutional barriers. Yet, quantitative evidence on gendered drivers and differentials during protracted displacement remains scarce. Using survey data from 18,533 displaced and non-displaced individuals in El Fasher, Sudan, this paper documents that livelihood outcomes are significantly shaped by […]

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Financing the Implementation of Peace Agreements

When peace agreements are reached, they often define a set of stipulations that need to be implemented in order for the agreement to work for all of its signatories. This can include, for example, the presence of peacekeepers or the creation of transitional justice mechanisms to deal with the legacies of violence and its perpetrators. […]

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Financing Peace Processes

Peace negotiations, almost inherently, involve imbalances and inequalities between the actors involved (e.g. national governments versus non-government violent organisations) and, consequently, typically require external funding for at least one negotiating party. At first glance, however, funding for peace negotiations does not appear to conform to a typical, economic, market logic. Those who demand the services […]

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Conflict Prevention through Youth Employment in Niger

There is great potential that peace can be supported and built through economic development programming, such as those that support employment. At the same time, case-study evidence on whether such links materialise in the real world are scarce. Work to date is insufficient to show a conclusive pattern that definitively links these programmatic inputs to […]

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Drivers of food choice among children and caregivers in post-earthquake Nepal

Food systems in many countries are experiencing a shift from traditional foods towards processed foods high in sugar, fat and salt, but low in dietary fiber and micronutrients. There is an urgent need to better understand drivers of changing food behavior, particularly for lower- income countries. This study analyzes drivers of food choice among children […]

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McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition in Kyrgyzstan: Study on Nutritional and Learning Variables, Phase II

The overall objective of this study is to generate a solid evidence base of Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan’s McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition program’s impacts on nutrition and learning outcomes.  The specific aims for this study are: Aim 1: To develop and implement a mixed-methods research design for the collection of informative survey data […]

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Conducting Impact Evaluations in Conflict-affected, Fragile and Humanitarian Settings: Lessons Learnt, Challenges and Opportunities

Webinar organised by FAO’s Economic and Social Development Stream and its Impact Evaluation Task Force. Opening Remarks: Máximo Torero Chief Economist, FAO Presenter: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück Director, ISDC – International Security and Development Center Professor, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich Co-Director, Households in Conflict Network Q&A Moderated by Marco D’Errico Economist, FAO Monday, 21 June 2021 […]

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Final Webinar in the HG4RR Webinar – Home Gardening under challenging conditions – Concern’s experience from Niger and Bangladesh

Please join us for the final installment of the Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR) Webinar Series: Home Gardening under challenging conditions – Concern’s experience from Niger and Bangladesh, Tuesday, 15 June 2021, 14:00-15:00 Central European Summer Time. We will be joined by three field experts from Concern Worldwide.  Regine Kopplow, Senior Advisor for Food and Nutrition […]

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McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition in Kyrgyzstan – Baseline Study on Nutritional Variables

In this “Baseline Study on Nutritional Variables”, we address three broad research questions around nutrition in the context of the national Food for Education and Child Nutrition (FFE) program in Kyrgyzstan. The three questions are: RQ1: What is the status of nutrition in Kyrgyz households with primary grade children? Here, we place particular and novel […]

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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 conference […]

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

The complex nexus of forced migration, development, and security is central to the analysis of household welfare. Any empirical analysis of the link between conflict and forced migration faces issues due to endogeneity, generalizability, or data quality. The workshop thus aims at discussing creative and innovative approaches that allow dealing with the above issues to […]

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Peacebuilding Fund Impact Evaluation, Learning and Dissemination: Phase 1 (PeaceFIELD1)

This project will develop new rigorous evidence about the effectiveness of peacebuilding strategies utilized by the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), disseminate the evidence to relevant policymakers, and build capacity to generate, manage and use future impact evaluation evidence. The project will generate important new knowledge on the performance of peacebuilding and pro-stability interventions in key […]

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Gendered Dimensions of Protracted Forced Displacement in Sudan

The overall objective of this project is to study gendered dimensions of livelihoods in the context of protracted forced displacement. Specifically, we perform four sets of empirical analyses: We provide in-depth insights into the gendered differences in livelihood outcomes among long-term internally displaced persons (IDPs), including realized and aspired outcomes. We study the gendered constraints shaping […]

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