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Webinar: Do Jobs Aid Peace? The Impact of Employment Programming on Peace

Tilman Brück and Neil T. N. Ferguson will lead a discussion on “Do Jobs Aid Peace? The Impact of Employment Programming on Peace” as part of the M&E Thursday Talks series organised by  DME for Peace. The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 24th at 10:00am EDT.

That employment builds peace backstops over 2,450 interventions; and good theories suggest the idea should hold (ironically enough, with or without employment impacts). From weight of numbers, a logical assumption is that sufficient academic-quality evaluations exist to conduct a meta-analysis. Alas. Not to be deterred, we conduct a “pseudo-meta-analysis” linking program locations to surveys. Fear of crime goes down, but other indicators are less consistent (and trust in government worsens!), which might suggest we capture a signalling process, rather than real attitudinal change. But what of the programs? Agencies mandate a final report, so it should be fairly easy to establish the impacts, right? We conduct a systematic review of 400 programs. Amazingly, of those 400 (and of 30 looked at in great detail), none has been evaluated for peace-related outcomes. So much for that idea. And that brings us to where we are now. Which is ending where we should have started; with the case-study evidence…
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Call for Papers: Lisbon Meeting on Institutions and Political Economy 2016

The third edition of the Lisbon Meeting on Institutions and Political Economy will take place in Lisbon, the 19th and 20th of February 2016. This meeting consists of sessions where contributed papers are presented, and two keynote public addresses by Toke Aidt (University of Cambridge) and Georg Vanberg (Duke University). We welcome submissions of complete papers […]

Third Workshop on Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys

ISDC researchers provided training at the third “Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys” workshop, held on 26-30 November in Perugia, Italy, as part of a workshop series organized by the World Bank. The participants included staff from National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in sub-Saharan Africa, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe. The instructors included staff from […]