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    African Politics, African Peace: Report submitted to the African Union by the World Peace Foundation

African Politics, African Peace: Report submitted to the African Union by the World Peace Foundation

African Politics, African Peace charts an agenda for peace in Africa, focusing on how the African Union can implement its norms and use its instruments to prevent and resolve armed conflicts. It is an independent report of the World Peace Foundation, supported by the African Union.

The Report is the most extensive review of the African Union’s peace missions ever […]

How Donors can fund Bottom-up Peacebuilding

In this blog for the ODI’s website, former JSRP staff member Craig Valters asks how donors may better support bottom-up peacebuilding programmes.

If we look at cash flows alone, the UK Aid Strategy suggests that donors have a large role to play in conflict-affected countries.

The British government spent £1 billion in 2015-16 through their Conflict Stability and Security Fund – […]

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    Cosmological and Communal Wellbeing in the JSRP’s Research on Justice Provision

Cosmological and Communal Wellbeing in the JSRP’s Research on Justice Provision

In this blog, Tom Kirk and Holly Porter explore the JSRP’s work on how local understandings of justice are often embedded in notions of cosmological and communal wellbeing. Furthermore, they argue that practitioners that do not ground their interventions in these understandings risk creating a gap between their own normative assertions about what justice ought to achieve, and how […]

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    Getting the Balance Right? Sexual Violence Response in the DRC: A comparison between 2011 and 2014

Getting the Balance Right? Sexual Violence Response in the DRC: A comparison between 2011 and 2014

Conflict-related sexual violence has scarred the lives of a very large number of victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This study compared the effects and effectiveness of sexual violence response programmes in 2011 and 2014. The central argument of this report is that while there have been some gains, such as victim-oriented support widening to community-based response, […]

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    Dorothea Hilhorst Provides Expert Briefing to the UN on Sexual Violence Response in the DRC

Dorothea Hilhorst Provides Expert Briefing to the UN on Sexual Violence Response in the DRC

On Wednesday 27th January, Professor Dorothea Hilhorst will give an expert briefing in New York at the UN on a major forthcoming report co-funded by the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC). The briefing will take the form of a brownbag lunch, and will cover the […]

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    Between Pragmatism and Structural Change: Future Security and Justice Programming in Difficult Places

Between Pragmatism and Structural Change: Future Security and Justice Programming in Difficult Places

Tom Kirk explores a recent ODI report on the future of justice and security programming, and comments upon what the JSRP’s research findings from the world’s most difficult places may mean for ongoing debates.

Lisa Denny and Pilar Domingo at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) recently produced a timely short report on the future of security and justice programming. On […]

Promoting Social Accountability in Cambodia

Marija Babović and Danilo Vuković overview their recent study of a social accountability programme in Cambodia. They argue future initiatives ought to be grounded in and tailored around citizens’ real interests, taking into account the country’s restrictive patronage based political environment as one of the key variables.   During October and November several protests related to land disputes have taken place in the Cambodian capital Phnom […]

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    Two-way, Not One-way Communication: Why Dialogue Should Be Included in Health Programs

Two-way, Not One-way Communication: Why Dialogue Should Be Included in Health Programs

Emily LeRoux-Rutledge discusses the importance of dialogue as a method of imparting information in a South Sudanese health programme. On a hot, dry day in a village in the North of South Sudan, ten Dinka-speaking women are sitting under a tree listening to the radio. A local midwife on the radio is trying to debunk the traditional belief in ruaak. Ruaak dictates […]

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Policy to Research to Policy in Difficult Places

This post by Alex de Waal is a contribution to Humanity’s online symposium on the changing nature of knowledge production in fragile states. There’s a commendable search for rigor in social science. But there’s also an illusion that numbers ipso facto represent rigor, and that sophisticated mathematical analysis of the social scientific datasets can expand the realm of explanatory possibilities. […]

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    Evidence Based Policy or Policy Based Evidence? Supply and Demand for Data in a Donor Dominant World

Evidence Based Policy or Policy Based Evidence? Supply and Demand for Data in a Donor Dominant World

This post by Morten Jerven is a contribution to Humanity’s online symposium on the changing nature of knowledge production in fragile states. In 2010 I was doing research for Poor Numbers: How we are misled by African development statistics and what to do about it. I was In Lusaka, Zambia on a Wednesday afternoon, and was having a free and […]