New Article: Can rigorous impact evaluations improve humanitarian assistance?

A new study by J. Puri, A. Aladysheva, V. Iversen, Y. Ghorpade and T. Brück has been published in  Journal of Development Effectiveness under the title “Can rigorous impact evaluations improve humanitarian assistance?”. The article reflects on the challenges of rigorous impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance. The authors find that theory-based impact evaluations can crucially inform humanitarian programming. However, popular methods, such as orthodox RCTs, are seen as less suitable. The study explains that factorial designs and quasi-experimental designs can be ethical and robust, answering questions about how to improve the delivery of assistance. The authors argue that it helps to be prepared, planning impact evaluations before the onset of emergencies. The article can be accessed here.

 

Webinar on Social Protection in Fragile Contexts

Tilman Brück is a speaker in the webinar on Social Protection in Fragile Contexts, hosted by UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti on 8 November 2017.

One of the key commitments under the Grand Bargain revolves around increasing social protection programmes as mechanisms for humanitarian action, including with a specific commitment on building evidence on their benefits and impacts. Drawing on established research under the ‘Transfer Project’ and from recent initiatives in fragile and displacement contexts, UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti will be hosting an online event to contribute findings and lessons as part Humanitarian Evidence Week 2017. Bringing together in-house experts, field practitioners, and researchers from academia, the discussion will present recent efforts and findings from conducting impact evaluations of social protection programmes in emergencies, discuss research designs, and share lessons from challenges and opportunities to scale-up research efforts and contribute in building the body of evidence on social protection in fragile contexts.

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BIGSSS​ ​Summer​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Computational​ ​Social​ ​Science: Data-driven​ ​Modeling​ ​of​ ​Conflict

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) cordially invites applications for participation as an expert and supervisor in the computational social science (CSS) summer school on data-driven modeling of conflict to take place at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) from 23 July to 3 August 2018. The summer school will serve as a research incubator aimed at fostering the use of computational methods in the social sciences and developing a topical contribution to the field.

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Workshop: What Drives Mixed Migration from the MENA Region?

The workshop will take place on 27 September 2017 at 10:30 – 12:30 at the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law headquarters in the Hague. It will start with an introduction of the project followed by a discussion on the context in which the migration process has taken place. We will deliver midterm findings of a case-study focussing on mixed migration from a range of MENA countries into the EU28.
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Opening Workshop on the Drivers of Mixed Migration from the MENA Region

A workshop on the Drivers of Mixed Migration from the MENA Region will be held on 20 July in Tunis. This workshop is the inception event of the project “Drivers of Mixed Migration: Analysing the Role of Development and Security Policies in the MENA Region”.  It is a six-month research and policy programme funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and led by ISDC. The project brings together a group of leading researchers, practitioners and policymakers with significant experience in the MENA region. The consortium includes the following partners: International Development and Security Center (ISDC); United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA); Spark; and the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).

Closed vacancy: Research Assistants in Applied Development Economics

ISDC is hiring Research Assistants in Applied Development Economics to support on-going research work on a variety of projects on the relationship between conflict and development. Some projects will include the analysis of large-scale household panel data (reference “Panel”) while others involve the study of country-level migration data (reference “Migration”).

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Wolfgang Stojetz to participate at Lindau Nobel Laureautes Meeting

Wolfgang Stojetz has successfully completed a highly rigorous international selection process to participate in the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences together with Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The meeting will take place on 22-26 August, 2017 in Lindau, Germany. This annual meeting brings together about 30 Nobel Laureates and the next generation of leading scientists: undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The aim of the meeting is to foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.

Wolfgang Stojetz is a Research Affiliate at ISDC working on the economic, social and institutional interactions of development and violent mass conflict.

Global Peace Index 2017 Berlin Launch

Tilman Brück will chair the Launch of Global Peace Index 2017 which will take place on Monday, 26 June 2017 at Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. In the 2017 Global Peace Index, Germany maintains its traditional top spot as the 6th most peaceful and peace-supporting country globally. In the middle of an election campaign that is partly fought over whether or not to double military spending in less than a decade to meet NATO’s 2% goal, the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the International Security and Development Center (ISDC) are very pleased to invite you for a presentation and discussion of this year’s Global Peace Index.

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Workshop on Employment for Stability

A workshop on ‘Employment for Stability’ will be held in The Hague on 14 June 2017 from 10.00 – 12.00 to present and discuss findings of the research project “Does Opportunity Reduce Instability? A Meta-Analysis of Skills and Employment Interventions in LMICs”. The multi-year research project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and led by The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The project brings together a large set of leading researchers working on stability and employment in development from a range of European and African institutions.

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2nd Summer School “War, Reconstruction and establishment of peace”

The second edition of the Summer School “War, Reconstruction and establishment of peace” , organised by the European Centre of Peace Science, Integration and Cooperation (CESPIC), will take place in Tirana (Albania) on 18-22 September 2017. The Summer school aims to provide a group of international graduate students with scientific pillars about roots of war, peace and issues in peacebuilding. In line with Peace Science tradition, the program is interdisciplinary involving disciplines such as economics, political science, international relations and history. Further information can be found here.

Call for papers and session proposals: Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference

Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), ISDC – International Security and Development Center, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are pleased to announce the third annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference to take place in Bishkek on 12-13 October 2017.

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The World Bank Brown Bag Workshop on Jobs, Gender, and Labor Market Policies in the Kyrgyz Republic: Evidence from a Panel Household Survey

The seminar will take place on 11 May 2017 at The World Bank in Washington DC. It will explore recent research findings on household labor behavior and labor markets developments using evidence from the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study – a unique, multi-topic longitudinal survey of 3000 households in the Kyrgyz Republic conducted between 2010 and 2016.

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Workshop on Social Cohesion and Community-Driven Development in Fragile Environments: Lessons from Kyrgyz Republic and Beyond

The workshop, co-hosted by World Bank GSURR/social development, CDD Global Solutions Group, Aga Khan Foundation and the State and Peace-building Fund (SPF), will take place on 10 May 2017.

The Kyrgyz Republic’s ‘Social Cohesion Through Community Based Approaches (SoCo)” Project, financed by the World Bank’s State- and Peace-Building Trust Fund and the Aga Khan Foundation, was launched in 2013, with the objective of identifying, piloting and building capacity for social cohesion mechanisms in CDD interventions.

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Workshop on Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan at George Washington University

Tilman Brück and Damir Esenaliev of ISDC will present  at a workshop on Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan organised by the Central Asia Program of George Washington University on 10 May 2017. Social cohesion has emerged over the last two decades as an important concept in both academic and political discourse, especially in fragile and conflict-affected environments. At the same time, the evidence on how to build social cohesion and peace at the individual level has been quite scarce. This event will review some exciting new evidence on building peace and social cohesion at the micro-level from Central Asia.

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IFPRI Seminar on Agricultural Transformation in Central Asia: The Case of Kyrgyzstan

ISDC is co-organising a Seminar on Agricultural Transformation in Central Asia in collaboration with IFPRI’s Central Asia Program, the University of Central Asia and SIPRI. The seminar will take place at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC, USA on 9 May 2017. Papers presented in the seminar provide evidence on kidney beans and sheep meat value chains development; contractual arrangements, food safety compliance, and challenges in the dairy supply chain; welfare effects of smallholder export participation; and effects of income shocks on employment and migration in Kyrgyzstan. The authors use diverse sources of household survey data, including the Life in Kyrgyzstan Survey, the Kyrgyzstan Integrated Household Survey, the Dairy Value Chain Survey, etc.

Call for Papers on Social Protection in Contexts of Fragility and Forced Displacement

This call for papers aims to assemble high quality papers that will increase our understanding of: 1) the role of social protection in fragile contexts and settings of forced displacement and migration; and 2) synergies across the humanitarian and development divide in both contexts. The aim is to assemble 8 to 10 papers of sufficient quality to be jointly submitted for a special issue to the Journal of Development Studies, or featured in an edited book. Reviewed and approved papers will also be featured in the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti working paper series.

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Call for Applications: Summer School on Social Cohesion 2017

The Summer School on Social Cohesion: Concept, Implementation and Impact Evaluation is a capacity-building initiative for researchers, practitioners and policymakers in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. It is organised as part of the Social Cohesion through Community-based Development project implemented in Kyrgyzstan from 2014 to 2017. The project aims to identify, pilot and build capacity for social cohesion mechanisms in community-driven development approaches. The Summer School will be held from 11–18 June 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Researchers, primarily young professors, PhD students, development practitioners, and policy analysts from government, international agencies and civil society organisations based in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is 5 April 2017. More details can be found here.

New Article: Do jobs aid peace? The impact of employment interventions on peace, security and stability

The article titled “Do jobs aid peace? The impact of employment interventions on peace, security and stability” by Tilman Brück, Neil T.N. Ferguson, Valeria Izzi and Wolfgang Stojetz has been published in the February/March 2017 issue of GREAT Insights on Youth employment in fragile countries. The magazine is published by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

Call for Papers: 13th Annual HiCN Workshop “Development Aid in Conflict-Affected Countries”

We invite papers that can shed light on the effect of food aid on the beneficiaries as well as the warring parties, on demobilization, reintegration and employment programs, on the role of media during conflict, on forced displacement, on new ways to collect data during conflict and on the impact of prevention and peace programs, to name but a few.

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