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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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Job Ad: Research Assistant(s)

ISDC – International Security and Development Center is a non-profit academic institute based in Berlin, Germany. We conduct research to improve lives and livelihoods shaped by violent conflict, fragility and humanitarian emergencies. While based in Berlin’s central Mitte district, the global relevance of our work leads us to engage in research projects around the world. […]

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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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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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