Addressing and mitigating violence

Repeated violence and high levels of organised violent crime, often linked to political activities, characterise many development contexts. Yet their repercussions for the security and rights of the poor as well as their economic wellbeing are poorly understood. This programme will generate practical policy options for states and citizens so they can better address and mitigate violence in both rural and urban settings.

Fragile states - destroyed Kenyan slum

Led by Jeremy Lind, policy analysis under this theme focuses on ‘newer’ forms of violence and organised crime as well as the changing dynamics of long-standing situations of violence. Through policy analysis of actors and governance at multiple levels, the programme aims to better understand the contributions and possibilities for convergence between state and non-state stakeholder efforts in different policy spaces.

Specifically, the programme makes practical contributions in the following inter-related fields: strengthening core state functions and citizen agencies to mitigate and prevent violence, widening access to economic opportunities, services and livelihoods in violent contexts, and crafting workable strategies and interventions to reduce cross border spillovers in violent and fragile contexts.

The programme provides practical guidance on how to promote economic opportunities and interventions that support more effective governance and improved access to livelihoods. It will also assist in crafting workable strategies and interventions to reduce cross border spillovers in violent and fragile contexts.

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Improving access to livelihoods, jobs and basic services in violent contexts

Expanding access to work and services, such as public utilities and safe and reliable transportation, are important elements of any approach to strengthen security in poor urban neighbourhoods. More details

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ER 57 Front Cover

Settling After the Revolts? Egypt’s Political Settlements and Violent Transition

IDS Evidence Report 57 (2014)

The uprisings in the Arab region generated much hope among significant proportions of the population that a rupture with the status quo would herald a new era marked by bread, freedom and social justice/human dignity, the catchphrase of many of the revolts. More details

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Why Sierra Leone’s Political Settlement is not Working'.

Undercurrents of Violence: Why Sierra Leone’s Political Settlement is not Working

IDS Policy Briefing 48 (2014)

Debates over violence, security, humanitarian and development imperatives have long been polarised. More details

IDS publications on international development research

IDS high-level roundtable discusses more integrated approach towards conflict and development

At a high level roundtable in central London, IDS brought together representatives from UK Government departments, the European Union, NGOs and the academic community to discuss the implications of the growing convergence between development and security priorities. More details

Making the Urban Poor Safe: Lessons from Nairobi and Maharashtra

Making the Urban Poor Safer: Lessons from Nairobi and Maharashtra

IDS Policy Briefing 47 (2013)

The most impoverished neighbourhoods of Nairobi and Mumbai are characterised by severe lack of service provision, poor access to employment opportunities and urban violence. More details

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Missing the Point: Violence Reduction and Policy Misadventures in Nairobi's Poor Neighbourhoods

IDS Evidence Report 39 (2013)

Violence and crime are part of everyday life in many of Nairobi’s poor urban neighbourhoods. More details

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Is it the Right Time for the International Community to Exit Sierra Leone?

IDS Evidence Report 38 (2013)

A detailed analysis of Sierra Leone's socioeconomic trends and political institutions show a disturbing picture of anger, frustration and violence. More details

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‘External Stresses’ and Violence Mitigation in Fragile Contexts: Setting the Stage for Policy Analysis

IDS Evidence Report 36 (2013)

Following on from the World Bank’s World Development Report 2011 on conflict, security and development, a debate has emerged about the role of so-called ‘external stresses’ in generating ‘new’ forms of violence and insecurity in poor and fragile countries. More details

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Unemployment, Service Provision and Violence Reduction Policies in Urban Maharashtra

IDS Evidence Report 17 (2013)

This report analyses the relationship between violence and economic vulnerability among urban populations in the Indian state of Maharashtra. More details

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Addressing and Mitigating Violence: Uptake Strategy

IDS Evidence Report 16 (2013)

The overarching purpose of the Addressing and Mitigating Violence theme (AMV) is to generate useful analysis to tackle policy dilemmas relating to ‘newer’ forms of violence and organised crime. More details

Image Teaser for Evidence Report 5, 'Nigeria's Post-1999 Political Settlement and Violence Mitigation in the Niger Delta' by Markus Schultze-Kraft.

Nigeria's Post-1999 Political Settlement and Violence Mitigation in the Niger Delta

IDS Evidence Report 5 (2013)

Almost fifteen years after transitioning to civilian-electoral rule, Nigeria is still wrestling with the legacy of a protracted period of military government and the ‘resource curse’ associated with its huge oil wealth. More details

Image Teaser for Policy Brief 37, 'Understanding and tackling violence outside of armed conflict settings' by Jeremy Lind and Becky Mitchell.

Understanding and Tackling Violence Outside of Armed Conflict Settings

IDS Policy Briefing 37 (2013)

Understanding and tackling violence that occurs outside of armed conflict settings is essential to improving the wellbeing of some of the world’s poorest communities. More details

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Elites, Oil and Violence Mitigation in the Niger Delta

IDS Policy Briefing 35 (2013)

The crisis in the oil-rich Niger Delta in Nigeria is one of the world's forgotten conflicts in which thousands have been killed and the country’s vital oil industry has suffered. More details

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A New Deal? Development and Security in a Changing World

Development policy and practice in fragile and conflict-affected areas needs to be rethought. A growing proportion of aid budgets is going to fragile and conflict-affected states and conflict prevention is becoming an important focus of aid spend even in countries that are not affected by widespread violence. More details

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Development and Security in a Changing World'.

A New Deal? Development and Security in a Changing World

IDS Research Summary (2013)

A growing proportion of aid spending now goes into conflict-affected states and conflict prevention. As a result, development and security are increasingly intertwined and this inter-relation is hotly debated. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Building stability overseas: shifts in UK strategy and suggestions for implementation

While the UK's Strategic Defence and Security Review was visibly reported as a missed opportunity, the recent Building Stability Overseas Strategy (BSOS) has received little attention. More details

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