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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 – […]

Chiefs’ Courts: Protecting Civilians in South Sudan?

  In this blog Alex de Waal and Rachel Ibreck explore the provision of justice and security within the ‘Protection of Civilians’ sites in South Sudan, drawing on extensive research in the Juba and Bentiu sites. A new JSRP paper by Rachel Ibreck and Naomi Pendle provides fuller details of this research. When civil war erupted in South Sudan in […]

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    Between Norms, Politics Contests and Social Upheavals: Justice in the JSRP’s Research Sites

Between Norms, Politics Contests and Social Upheavals: Justice in the JSRP’s Research Sites

In this blog, Tom Kirk and Anna Macdonald explore the JSRP’s research on local justice mechanisms in conflict-affected states. They argue that the accessibility and legitimacy of justice institutions cannot be assumed, and that those wishing to engage them must understand them as embedded in wider social norms, political contests and upheavals.

As with the JSRP’s other thematic areas, the […]

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    JSRP Paper: Multi-layered Security Governance as a Quick Fix? The Challenges of Donor-supported Bottom-up Security Provision in Ituri (DR Congo)

JSRP Paper: Multi-layered Security Governance as a Quick Fix? The Challenges of Donor-supported Bottom-up Security Provision in Ituri (DR Congo)

by Kasper Hoffmann, Koen Vlassenroot and Karen Büscher.

There is currently a lively debate among policy-makers and scholars about the role that local non-state actors can play in security provision in so-called ‘fragile situations’, or contexts characterized by high levels of insecurity and limited state capacity to deal with it. The idea that building security institutions based on Western models […]

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    The Challenge of Theorising Security and Justice Provision in Conflict-Affected Places

The Challenge of Theorising Security and Justice Provision in Conflict-Affected Places

Tom Kirk draws on the JSRP’s research to argue that calls to tackle the root causes of conflict and insecurity in many ‘fragile’ and ‘failing’ states require exploring new frameworks and acquiring historical understandings that can reveal how everyday security and justice is provided.

The JSRP has focused on places – including parts of the DRC, South Sudan, CAR and […]

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    Yes, Central African Republic is a real country. But it’s a very different kind of country.

Yes, Central African Republic is a real country. But it’s a very different kind of country.

By Tatiana Carayannis and Louisa Lombard, originally for The Washington Post.

When ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was removed from his country in March 2004 by the U.S. military, the pilots flying him abroad were given a destination they had never heard of — the Central African Republic (CAR). “Is that a real country?” they reportedly asked their superiors.

Yes, it […]

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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 […]

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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    Development in Pajok is an Investment in the Future of South Sudan

Development in Pajok is an Investment in the Future of South Sudan

Ryan Joseph O’Byrne describes his time in Pajok, South Sudan, and suggests that development interventions may do well to avoid areas under the sway of the national political marketplace. Why Pajok? It is nearly a year since my wife and I left the small and predominantly Acholi-speaking community of Pajok in rural South Sudan. We had spent the better part of […]