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JSRP and the future

The JSRP drew to a close in 2017 but many of the researchers and partners involved in the programme continue to work on the issues and theories developed during the lifetime of the programme.

Tim Allen now directs the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) at LSE where many of the JSRP research team working on northern Uganda and South […]

March 27th, 2018|DFID, News, Public Authority, Publications, Resources|Comments Off on JSRP and the future|
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    Local Politics, Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice Programming in the JSRP’s Research Sites

Local Politics, Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice Programming in the JSRP’s Research Sites

In this blog, Tom Kirk and Danielle Stein explore the JSRP’s research on conflict resolution initiatives in Nepal, the Philippines and Timor-Leste. They argue that although well intentioned, programme implementers’ failures to understand how conflict resolution and the provision of justice is connected to local politics creates room for unintended consequences that can work against their aims.

In recent years, […]

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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 […]

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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    Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

By Craig Valters The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. My new JSRP paper, ‘Theories of Change in international development: communication, learning or accountability?’ seeks to address a critical gap in understanding […]

The Donors’ Dilemma: the future of foreign aid

By Tom Kirk and Andy Sumner This piece originally appeared on the Global Policy blog and is drawn from the final chapter of the Global Policy e-book ‘The Donors’ Dilemma: emergence, convergence and the future of aid’ by Andy Sumner and Tom Kirk (eds).  Tom Kirk is a researcher with the JSRP with a particular interest in issues of security and […]

Getting Academics and Aid Workers to Work Together

By Matthew B. Arnold Aid workers and academics would seem natural collaborators. Development studies courses are common and it is routine to find academics who oscillate between the academy and the field as aid workers. In turn, the aid world often calls upon academics to provide expert advice and looks to their literature for guidance. Overall, though, the relationship is […]

Rethinking the climate-conflict connection

“Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world … US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war.

– BBC News, Rise in violence ‘linked to climate change’, August 2, 2013
The debate about the relationship between climate […]

Security: for whom, by whom?

Professor Robin Luckham and JSRP researcher Tom Kirk have published a new paper presenting a framework to analyse and research what they call “the two faces of security”:
For some analysts security [includes] the use of organised force to establish and maintain social orders. For others it is about how individuals and communities are protected (or protect themselves) from violence, […]

Can Theories of Change Reflect the Realities of International Development?

By Craig Valters Can a ‘Theory of Change’ really be an honest, accurate and transparent reflection of how a development intervention may lead to change? Theories of Change are often required by donors in international development. They commonly take the form of a document describing how and why an organisation’s programme will make a difference on the ground. Yet the […]