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The Guide examines the drivers and dynamics of inter and intra-state conflicts such as ethnicity and competition for natural resources. It also highlights current approaches and responses to conflict prevention and resolution and best practice in the design of security and peacebuilding programmes.
Improving lives and reducing violence through provision of services
How can the provision of services and economic opportunities reduce violence and improve lives? A high-level roundtable organised by the IDS Addressing and Mitigating Violence (AMV) research team explored the complex links between poverty, violence, insecurity and the provision of services, drawing on four case studies from within Nairobi, Mumbai, and Kathmandu.

Latest Documents

Networks of organized violence: conference documentation
E. Isikozlu; S. Heinke / Bonn International Center for Conversion 2016
Networks are part of the current landscape of peace and security—they have likely always been, but they are perhaps more so today. Rather than consider them as a challenge only, they could also be seen as having...
The institutionalisation of mediation support within the ECOWAS Commission
African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes 2016
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission established the Mediation Facilitation Division (MFD) in June 2015 to backstop mediation efforts undertaken by its mediation organs, member states, non-state actors and...
Masculinities conflict and violence: Nigeria country report 2016
Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme 2016
Differences in the way Nigerian men and women are socialised and valued – and disparities in their abilities to access power, resources and key roles in society - create an imbalance of power within relationships between the two ...
Rural banditry and conflicts in Northern Nigeria
Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme 2016
Ipastoralists and farmers in Nigeria have been on the rise. This social conflict has traditionally consisted of disputes over natural resources and is often presented as a conflict between settlers and nomadic people. However, what be...
Planning for peace: Lessons from Mozambique's peacebuilding
L. Reppell; J. Rozen; G. de Carvalho / Institute for Security Studies 2016
In the more than two decades since Mozambique'??s civil war ended and its first multiparty elections were held, the country still faces persistent social, political, economical and developmental challenges. What have been some of the ...
Economics, governance and instability in South Africa
J. Cilliers; C. Aucoin / Institute for Security Studies 2016
FORTY YEARS AGO a combination of frustration against local government, the enforcement of Afrikaans  language policy, trade-union activism and the politicising impact of the black consciousness movement culminated in the ...
Manufacturing torture? South Africa's trade in electric shock equipment
2016
In South Africa, the trade in certain kinds of fi rearms and military equipment is controlled for reasons of safety and security. However, there is a gap in legislation when it comes to the control of law enforcement equipment that ca...
Ethnic diversity, segregation, and ethnocentric trust in Africa
A. L. Robinson / Afrobarometer 2016
Ethnic diversity is generally associated with less social capital and lower levels of trust. However, most empirical evidence for this relationship is focused on generalized trust, rather than more theoretically ap ...
A stitch in time: preventive diplomacy and the Lake Malawi dispute
A. Lalbahadur / South African Institute of International Affairs 2016
A low-intensity dispute between Malawi and Tanzania threatens regional peace as the two countries contest the demarcation of their national boundaries at Lake Malawi. This long-standing dispute became more urgent when in 2011 ...
The impact of food assistance on pastoralist livelihoods in humanitarian crises: an evidence synthesis protocol
K. Czuba; T. O'Niell / Oxfam 2016
This protocol outlines plans for conducting an evidence synthesis on the impact of food aid on pastoralist livelihoods. The distinctiveness of pastoralists – including factors related to the erosion of their livelihood strategies...
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