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    JSRP Event: ‘Governing Justice and Security in Central Africa’

JSRP Event: ‘Governing Justice and Security in Central Africa’

December 12th 2016 – 10.00, Salle Orange, Egmont Palace, 8bis Rue des Petits Carmes, 1000 Brussels.

Between 2011-2016, the DfID-funded research consortium Justice and Security Research Programme has conducted research in a number of conflict-affected areas in Central Africa. It has documented how people constantly have to negotiate their access to justice and security with a diversity of institutions, including […]

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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 […]

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    JSRP Event – ‘The Politics of Cartoons in Central Africa’

JSRP Event – ‘The Politics of Cartoons in Central Africa’

A Cartoon Exhibition and a Panel Discussion on The Politics of Cartoons in Central Africa’

December 12th 2016 – 1600, Zebra Straat, Ghent.

Chairs: Tatiana Carayannis (Social Science Research Council) & Koen Vlassenroot (Conflict Research Group)

“Kash” Kashauri Thembo Muhindo
Leading Congolese illustrator and comic strip caricaturist based in Kinshasa

Barly Baruti
Congolese comics writer and artist, co-founder of the Atelier de Création et de […]

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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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    The Trial of Thomas Kwoyelo: Opportunity or Spectre – A New Paper by Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter

The Trial of Thomas Kwoyelo: Opportunity or Spectre – A New Paper by Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter

In this blog post, Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter examine the political and social dynamics that shape local perspectives on the first war crimes prosecution of a former Lord’s Resistance Army fighter, Thomas Kwoyelo. This week they published an open-access article in Africa, exploring these issues in depth, based on long-term research on the case since it began 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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    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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    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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    The Unmaking of Public Authority: A New Article by Rebecca Tapscott

The Unmaking of Public Authority: A New Article by Rebecca Tapscott

Theory on state formation and subnational governance generally focuses on ordering—how rulers organize people and space to maximize control and extraction. Indeed, a new literature on “public authority” has recently contributed to the ways in which such order is produced. These theories rest on the assumption that the world is divided into “public” spaces, where the state directly extracts […]

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    Uncovering Relationships between Resource Governance, Public Authority and (In)Security

Uncovering Relationships between Resource Governance, Public Authority and (In)Security

In this blog, Tom Kirk, Jeroen Cuvelier and Koen Vlassenroot explore the JSRP’s Evidence Paper on ‘Resources, Conflict and Governance’ and briefly outline how the programme’s research is beginning to address the paper’s concerns over a lack of literature on resource governance in conflict-affected areas.

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