Two Years On: Reflecting on a Victor’s Peace in Sri Lanka

Oliver Walton is a research fellow in the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre. His areas of interest include NGO legitimacy, civil society peacebuilding, conflict prevention, war-to-peace transitions, and Sri Lankan politics. The military victory of the Sri Lankan armed forces over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009 marked the end of … Continue reading “Two Years On: Reflecting on a Victor’s Peace in Sri Lanka”

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Re-integrating ex-combatants in Nepal

Paul Jackson is Professor of African Politics and Head of IDD. His current research interests include the nature of the liberal state and the politics of liberal state-building in post-conflict situations; security sector reform and the relationship between security and development; external intervention in security issues; and governance and security. Nepal has had a traumatic … Continue reading “Re-integrating ex-combatants in Nepal”

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Bemba on trial: unfairly singled out or a challenge to impunity?

Danielle Beswick is a lecturer in IDD. Her research interests include management of political space and debate in a post-genocide society, Rwanda’s relationship with the UK, and Rwandan foreign and security policy in Africa, including contributions to peacekeeping. She teaches Conflict in Developing Countries and Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development and co-convenes a module on … Continue reading “Bemba on trial: unfairly singled out or a challenge to impunity?”

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State-Society Relations and Citizenship

Huma Haider is a research fellow in the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre. Her areas of interest include transitional justice in the context of peacebuilding; coexistence and reconciliation in divided societies; and diaspora, identity and citizenship. This post is based on a new topic guide supplement published by the GSDRC on state-society relations and … Continue reading “State-Society Relations and Citizenship”

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Has development studies forgotten Latin America?

Tom Hewitt is a lecturer in IDD specialising in children’s rights and rights-based programming, development theory, distance learning, governance and politics of development, and science and technology policy. Attending the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference in Toronto – over 3000 papers in 850 sessions over three days – shows that academic endeavour on and … Continue reading “Has development studies forgotten Latin America?”

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Youth, Armed Violence and Job Creation

Oliver Walton is a research fellow in the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre. His areas of interest include NGO legitimacy, civil society peacebuilding, conflict prevention, war-to-peace transitions, and Sri Lankan politics.  This post discusses the findings of a new research report on Youth, armed violence and job creation programmes carried out for the Norwegian … Continue reading “Youth, Armed Violence and Job Creation”

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Contracting out in fragile states

Richard Batley is emeritus professor and Claire Mcloughlin a research fellow at IDD. They have worked on questions of service delivery, including the preparation of a Handbook on Contracting Out Government Functions and Services in Post-Conflict and Fragile Situations. The Handbook is a product of the OECD’s Partnership for Democratic Governance which was set up … Continue reading “Contracting out in fragile states”

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State-building: a hot topic in governance

Sumedh Rao is a research fellow in the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre. His areas of interest include governance, statebuilding, and aid policy in situations of conflict and fragility; political economy analysis; and aid architecture. It is widely believed that people in developing countries need well-functioning states. Only well-functioning states can meet the needs … Continue reading “State-building: a hot topic in governance”

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Rwanda’s Upcoming Presidential Elections

Danielle Beswick is a lecturer in IDD.  Her research interests include management of political space and debate in a post-genocide society, Rwanda’s relationship with the UK, and Rwandan foreign and security policy in Africa, including contributions to peacekeeping.  She teaches Conflict in Developing Countries and Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development and co-convenes a module on … Continue reading “Rwanda’s Upcoming Presidential Elections”

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Understanding Faith-based Organisations in Pakistan

Nida Kirmani is a research fellow in the Religions and Development Research Programme.  Her primary research interests are related to religion, gender and development in South Asia. This article outlines current research into the characteristics and activities of faith-based organisations in Karachi, Pakistan, carried out as one component of the Religions and Development Research Programme.  … Continue reading “Understanding Faith-based Organisations in Pakistan”

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