Violence & Conflict

Paulina Rebolledo

Paulina is a Researcher at ISDC. Her research interests include development and cultural economics, mainly the design and analysis of policies that promote inclusive growth in developing economies. At ISDC, Paulina is currently working on the evaluation of programs by the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), located in Mali, Sudan, and Guatemala. Paulina has previously worked […]

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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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Building Stability Between Host and Refugee Communities through TVET Programming

The resettlement of refugees in new regions has long been linked with the onset of social tensions and potential conflict, both between hosts and refugees and between hosts and their national governments. Naturally, attention turns to what might be able to reduce or minimize these risks. In this project, we study the impact of a […]

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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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Dorothee Weiffen

Dorothee Weiffen is a Researcher at ISDC. Her research interests include poverty alleviation, food security, inequality, and gender, especially in conflict-affected settings. Previously, she worked as a Quantitative Research Assistant at the Development Economics and Food Security research group at IGZ. In addition, she completed several internships, among others at the German Federal Ministry of […]

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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 Forced Displacement in North-east Nigeria

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

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Asees Mohamed Shareef

Dr. Asees Mohamed Shareef is a Researcher at ISDC and a Philipp Schwartz Fellow. His research interests include internally displaced persons (IDPs), forced migration, international politics and international relations. Asees’s past projects include research on national unity and reconciliation among university students in Sri Lanka. Previously, he was a Lecturer at the University of Colombo and an […]

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Analysing the Role of Employment Programmes in Building Peace and Stability

When it comes to considering whether or not employment programmes can build stability, there are three things that it is important to bring to any debate. First, not only is any virtuous circle a nice idea in and of itself but there are really good reasons, theoretically, to believe that jobs interventions can build stability. […]

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Supporting Emergency Needs, Early Recovery and Longer-term Resilience in Syria’s Agriculture Sector

Funded by DFID, FAO Syria is implementing the “Supporting emergency needs, early recovery and longer-term resilience in Syria’s agriculture sector” programme, which delivers “emergency” and “recovery” support to rural households across Syria. The programme has two principal stages: a “baseline stage” taking place in 2018/2019 and a “midline and endline stage” taking place in 2019/2020. […]

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Conflict and development. Recent research advances and future agendas

We survey selected parts of the growing literature on the microeconomics of violent conflict, identifying where academic research has started to establish stylized facts and where methodological and knowledge gaps remain. We focus our review on the role of civilian agency in conflict; on wartime institutions; and on the private sector in conflict. Future research […]

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The Nexus of Food, Drought and Conflict: Evidence from a Case-Study on Somalia

This paper aims at disentangling the mutual link between conflict, drought and food security in Somalia. The analysis is conducted using various indicators for food security and on different (national and sub-national) aggregation levels. The evidence is partly based on data from a household-level survey, collected in various regions in Somalia in 2013. In addition, […]

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Can Jobs Programs Build Peace?

In the last decade, well over $10 billion has been spent on employment programs designed to contribute to peace and stability. Despite the outlay, whether these programs perform, and how they do so, remain open questions. This study conducts three reviews to derive the status quo of knowledge. First, it draws on academic literature on […]

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The Cost of Talking Peace

Funding aspects are a key issue in peace negotiation and mediation processes (referred to as peace negotiations in shorthand). Yet, their role and implications are insuf ciently understood. Funding for peace negotiations is often treated as a purely technical issue. However, on closer inspection, funding is fundamentally political and, as such, has a profound impact […]

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The Cost of Talking Peace: Financing peace negotiation and mediation processes

Peace negotiation and mediation processes are standard approaches to ending armed conflicts. While the international system has put norms, structures and capacities in place to support these processes, how they are financed has not undergone a similar transformation. Funding is perceived as purely technical, though it is political in its implications and often complex in its […]

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Addressing the challenges of the forcibly displaced and their host communities in the ESCWA region

This project will address the long-term development challenges associated with the forced displacement that is a result, particularly, of the Syrian conflict, but also of other conflicts that have occurred or are on-going in the ESCWA region. In doing so, the project will support a track-II style process led by ESCWA with intellectual inputs. The […]

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Anke Hoeffler

Anke Hoeffler is a Research Affiliate at ISDC. Her research is in the areas of development and security. She is one of the most widely cited social scientists and received an Alexander von Humboldt professorship, Germany’s highest award for international research. In February 2019 she left the University of Oxford and moved to the University […]

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