Political Settlements Portal

The following projects are also examining political settlements, and issues of inclusiveness and constitute valuable resource points:

Based at the University of Oxford, this DFID-funded project aims to identify factors that contribute significantly to post-conflict peace stabilisation by employing a hazard model of peace duration. This will provide a guide as to which (combination of) factors are most important in securing the peace. The project aims to generate knowledge drawn that can inform policy regarding the nature and timing of transition.

Broadening Participation in Track One Peace Negotiations is based in the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, at The Graduate Institute Geneva (on Twitter). The project builds on previous work undertaken at the CCDP on civil society and peacebuilding. Using a comparative case study approach and including an explicit gender component, the new project builds on existing insights by exploring different models of inclusion for civil society, political parties, and potential hardliners.

A thematic evaluation of DFID humanitarian programmes in fragile and conflict-affected states including Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Sudan, and Yemen. The purpose of the evaluation is to generate learning and evidence on whether and how a multi-year humanitarian funding approach has enabled DFID programmes: to ensure timely and effective humanitarian response; to build disaster resilience; and achieve better value for money.

The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) is based at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM, on Twitter) and the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI, on Twitter), University of Manchester, and is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.  The consortium includes the Institute for Economic Growth, India, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development,Bangladesh, Chancellor College, the University of Malawi, Centre for Democratic Development, Ghana, the Centre for International Development at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, United States and the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice at the University of Cape Town, as well as research associates in Uganda, the UK and other countries. ESID’s central focus on the state reflects its critical role in securing inclusive development, including through the promotion of dominant ideas concerning the forms which development should take.

This collaborative research project (IPS for short) aims to examine the conditions for inclusive political settlements following protracted armed conflicts. A specific focus is placed on previously armed power contenders who have become state actors. The project aims to inform national and international policymakers of effective practices to enhance participation, representation and responsiveness in post-war state-building. It is carried out in cooperation with partner institutions in Colombia (project coordinators), El Salvador, South Africa, South Sudan, Aceh/Indonesia and Nepal.

This project (on Twitter) includes the London School of Economics, Conflict Research Group, University of Ghent, African Security Sector Network, Social Science Research Council, South-East European Research Network, Video Journalism Movement, World Peace Foundation.  Between 2011-2016 the JSRP is generating primary evidence about the informal institutions that govern the lives of people in a range of fragile or war-affected locations. The focus is on understanding the relationship between ‘official’ and ‘hybrid’ governance structures to find out what arrangements best benefit those at the receiving end of policies to support justice and security.

Based in the Humanitarian Outcomes and Global Public Policy Institute (on Twitter).  The overall goal of the study is to contribute to solutions for providing effective and accountable humanitarian action amidst high levels of insecurity.

This project is based at the German Development Institute and investigates external support for post-conflict countries. It aims at identifying overarching strategies (understood as the sum of means and instruments across all policy fields), which have the biggest chance to contribute to long-term stabilisation and establishing sustainable peace orders in these countries.

This European Research Council funded five year research programme which runs from 2012-17 aims to improve our understanding of the gender dynamics of institutional change and reform. Professor Georgina Waylen is the Principal Investigator of the project.

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