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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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Call for Sessions and Papers 6th 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 6thAnnual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held in Bishkek on 28-29 October 2020. The […]

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ISDC awarded CEDIL Research Grant to Evaluate a Complex Intervention in Syria

ISDC and the American University of Beirut have been awarded a research grant by CEDIL – Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning to evaluate the long-term impact of a complex agricultural intervention conducted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in acutely conflict-affected Syria. FAO currently implements a DFID-funded agricultural intervention across government […]

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HG4RR Workshop Postponed

In light of the Sars-CoV-2 outbreak, the HG4RR workshop is postponed till September 2020. All accepted papers remain accepted for the re-scheduled workshop. The new date and location will be announced soon. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience!

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“Rural youth in the context of fragility and conflict” published as part of IFAD Research Series

Research by Ghassan Baliki, Tilman Brück, Neil Ferguson and Wolfgang Stojetz on rural youth in the context of fragility and conflict has been published as 54 IFAD Research Series Issue.  The paper was originally commissioned as a background paper for the 2019 Rural Development Report: Creating opportunities for rural youth. While conflicts are often defined […]

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Call for Papers: Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) 2020

We hereby invite you to join the next LEADS event in Berlin onMarch 9-10, 2020. We invite submissions of original and unpublished research papers that address at least one of the above mentioned societal challenges. Weprefer empirical papers addressing questions at the intersection of socio-economics, ecological and technical studies- and we prefer receiving complete drafts of papers.

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2020 HG4RR Exchange Programme

Call for Applications for the 2020 HG4RR Exchange Programme is now open. The main objective of the Home Gardens for Recovery and Resilience (HG4RR) Network is to establish an international network of experts (researchers and practitioners) to advance our knowledge on topics related to home gardens, resilience, food security, emergencies and interventions. In facilitating research […]

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Call for Papers – HG4RR Workshop in Berlin “Home Gardens as a Coping Strategy in Crises and Humanitarian Emergencies”

The 3rd HG4RR Network workshop will be held in Berlin at Humboldt University on 27-28 April 2020 in partnership with IGZ and ISDC. We are accepting papers for the workshop, titled “Home Gardens as a Coping Strategy in Crises and Humanitarian Emergencies”, until 15 January 2020. We encourage you to submit your research and extend […]

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Wolfgang Stojetz to speak at IGNITE 2019

Wolfgang Stojetz will speak as an academic expert at the IGNITE 2019 “Jobs now!” conference. The conference brings together refugees, practitioners, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and researchers to discuss new ways of supporting, protecting, and empowering young people in regions affected by conflict, disasters, and/or fragility. Wolfgang will present ISDC research on jobs programs in such settings […]

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Damir Esenaliev co-authored ADB’s Country Diagnostic Study for the Kyrgyz Republic

Dr Damir Esenaliev of ISDC has co-authored a chapter on Human Resources for Inclusive Growth in ADB’s Country Diagnostic Study for the Kyrgyz Republic. The study is an in-depth analysis of the sector reforms needed to enable the Kyrgyz Republic to achieve higher and more sustainable economic growth. The chapter presents an analysis of the recent developments in the labor market, […]

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5th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference took place in Bishkek

The 5th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference took place in Bishkek on 23-24 October 2019. The two-day conference brought together national and international experts from government and the public sector, development agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia and research institutions, and media to exchange knowledge and experiences on recent socio-economic developments in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia and […]

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Internship Opportunity

ISDC – International Security and Development Center was founded in 2014 to bridge the themes of security and development, and their respective communities. We are dedicated to producing high-quality empirical and mixed-methods research that speaks to all of these communities. The quality of our research and impact is critically shaped by our engagement with strong […]

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Online survey on gardening interventions in humanitarian emergencies and conflict-affected settings

We kindly invite you to take part in an online survey on “gardening interventions in humanitarian emergencies and conflict-affected settings”. The survey is administered by IGZ – The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops as part of the Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery Network (HG4RR). The survey will inform a research study which aims […]

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Workshop report “Children on the Move: Building Migration Data Capacities” published

The report of the expert workshop “Children on the Move: Building Migration Data Capacities” has been published, including the input by Wolfgang Stojetz (ISDC) on the measurement of exposure to extreme adversity, carried out through the administration of household surveys. The study specifycally measured displaced persons’ experiences, behavior and welfare under situations of violent conflict, […]

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New Publication on Gender Earnings Inequality and Wage Policy in Kyrgyzstan published in Comparative Economic Studies

New paper by Damir Esenaliev and Kathryn H. Anderson on gender earnings inequality and wage policy in Kyrgyzstan has been published in Comparative Economic Studies. The findings show that the policy reform conducted in 2011 to increase the wages for teachers, health and social workers not only reduced wage gap in these sectors compared to non-reformed sectors, but also had a pronounced gender gap narrowing effect in the reform sectors and economy-wide.

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ISDC Research Featured in 2019 Rural Development Report

New research on how rural youth experience political violence, conducted by Ghassan Baliki (Senior Researcher at ISDC), Tilman Brück (Director at ISDC), Neil Ferguson (Senior Researcher at ISDC) and Wolfgang Stojetz (Senior Researcher at ISDC) has been highlighted in the 2019 edition of IFAD’s Rural Development Report, “Creating Opportunities for Rural Youth”. The research shows […]

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Tilman Brück speaking at the Colombia Day at ZALF

Tilman Brück delivered a keynote speech on 24 May 2019 at the Colombia Day at ZALF (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research). The workshop brought together Colombian and German experts for economic development, land use and peacebuilding. Tilman stressed the role of inequality in the postwar period, which can contribute to a resurgence of grievances and violence. […]

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