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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.

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The challenge of stability and security in West Africa
M. Alexandre; V. Neelam; S. Mogaka / Agence française de développement, 2015
This book seeks to critically examine the challenges of fragility and security in West Africa, along with the factors of resilience. It seeks to investigate key drivers of conflict and violence, and the way in which they impact...
The impact of Arab Spring on hiring and separation rates in the Tunisian labor market
I. Haouas; A. Heshmati / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
The Arab Spring rocked Tunisia in 2011 and not only does it symbolise the power of ordinary people, but it also shed light on the structural economic problems afflicting the region. This paper analyses the hiring and separation...
Global Peace Index Report 2015
Vision of Humanity, 2015
Thie report ranks the nations of the world according to their level of peacefulness. The index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources and ranks 162 independent states, covering 99.6 per...
Irresponsible investment: AGRICA's broken development model in Tanzania
M. Bergius / The Oakland Institute, 2015
Kilombero Plantations Ltd (KPL) is a 5,818 hectare (ha) rice plantation located in the heart of the fertile Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. In addition to developing a large-scale rice farm, KPL works with local smallholder farmers throug...
Recommendations for two violence-reducing policing programs in Brazil: the Pacification Police Unit in Rio de Janeiro and the Pact for Life in Recife
M-L. Suska / BRICS Policy Center / Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas BRICS, 2015
Recently Latin America was once again declared the world’s most murderous continent. Rio and the Pact for Life in Recife, have achieved a vast decrease in homicide rates. The positive results of such programs are encouraging, as...
Pakistan in China’s eyes: pawn, pivot or a pointer to its world view?
I.A. Chowdhury / Institute of South Asian Studies, 2015
China’s engagement with Pakistan serves as a pointer to the way Beijing is likely to deal with the rest of the world as it redefines its pivotal global position. This policy briefing makes a series of observations about the rela...
Strengthening rule of law responses to counter violent extremism: what role for civil society in South Asia?
Institute of South Asian Studies, 2015
Violence and extremism in South Asia, including potential threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), remain a concern for many regional and international observers. Three South Asian countries—Afghanistan,...
Youth and radicalisation: the threat to India
T. Kumar / Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, 2015
There is a notion that extremist movements in various parts of the world recruit their followers from only amongst the poor and uneducated. Recently, however, anecdotal evidence offers a contrary view: Radicalisation is not the...
Preventive diplomacy and the AU Panel of the Wise in Africa’s electoral-related conflicts
R. Gerenge / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
In recent years a spate of electoral-related conflicts in Africa has made the quest for ‘peace’ predominate electoral processes, especially in situations that hold substantial threats to peace and stability. The post-Cold ...
Alert 2015! Report on conflicts, human rights and pecebuilding
L'Escola de Cultura de Pau/ The School for a Culture of Peace, 2015
This yearbook provides an analysis of the state of the world in terms of conflict and peacebuilding from four perspectives: armed conflicts, socio-political crises, peace processes and gender issues in peacebuilding. The report...
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