Conflict and Security
Insecurity and violent conflict are major causes of poverty that negatively impact on people’s livelihoods and welfare. Development agencies are increasingly working in conflict-prone environments, but their interventions all too often fail to contribute to preventing conflict, building peace or reducing poverty. IDS’ work on conflict and security aims to provide a nuanced and realistic understanding of the relationship between security, conflict and development.
IDS researchers seek to contribute to academic debate and to engage with policymakers, advocacy organisations and donors. IDS' work on security and conflict covers multiple areas.
The Conflict Violence and Development research cluster in the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team analyses how people live and interact in contexts of conflict and violence, and which institutions best support them. The cluster uses research findings to develop policies and practices that strengthen people’s efforts to secure their own lives and livelihoods.
The Governance Team leads research on conflict management, security and peace-building at multiple scales, from the local to the transnational. This work contributes to more effective policies for managing conflict and crime, and to improving the functioning of institutions responsible for security and conflict management.
The Participation Power and Social Change team has a pedigree of pioneering work on expanding citizen action in violent contexts.
In addition IDS also hosts the Addressing and Mitigating Violence programme which is funded by the UK Department for International Development. This flagship programme will generate practical policy options for states and citizens so they can better address and mitigate violence in both rural and urban settings.
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