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
Monday, 21 June 2021
Abstract: Within development economics, we know least about people who need help most. People who are malnourished and live in conflict-affected, fragile or humanitarian settings have low endowments, face intermittent markets, can’t reliably enforce property rights, suffer information asymmetries and receive patchy and/or poor quality public services. How do people live in such circumstances? What determines their food security and their well-being? Which livelihood choices do they and can they engage in? What works in terms of development or humanitarian assistance? And do we collect and analyse evidence in such circumstances? The seminar will review what we learnt about lives and livelihoods in crisis settings and what challenges and opportunities remain for rigorous empirical research bridging the development-humanitarian nexus, drawing on 25 years of research in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Professor Tilman Brück is a development economist analysing the behaviour and the welfare of poor and vulnerable people and households in conflict-affected, fragile and humanitarian emergency settings, how policies and programmes can support people in such settings and how to conduct research in such settings. Tilman is Head of the Research Group “Economic Development and Food Security” at the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops in Großbeeren near Berlin, Founder and Director of ISDC – International Security and Development Center in Berlin, and Professor of Food Security, State Fragility and Climate Change at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Households in Conflict Network, the Principal Investigator of the Life with Corona Survey and the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study and a co-founder of the Global Young Academy. Tilman Brück studied economics at the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford and obtained a doctorate in economics from the University of Oxford.