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Research this month
Time to listen: Hearing people on the receiving end of international aid
Their stories are powerful and full of lessons for those who care enough to listen and to hear the ways that people on the receiving side of aid suggest it can become more effective and accountable.
Time to listen [pdf] brings together the results of the Listening Project. The project was set up to talk to the people at the ground level of international aid - recipients providers and observers - of their experiences and perceptions of aid. Over 6,000 conversations were held over seven years. The book contains valuable grassroots insights as to how aid benefits - or not - local people and communities.
Piecing it together: Post-conflict security in an Africa of networked, multilevel governance
Post-conflict governance systems have become more multileveled and networked than in the immediate post-independence era, and these local systems and the resolution of their problems, are key to the restoration of order. International actors are also central, as their prominence in networks ensures resources for reconstruction and development.
Piecing it together, from the Institute of Development Studies, is a collection of articles examining post-conflict governance in Africa, in particular governance outside of formal government structures. The articles draw on examples from DR Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Somalia, amongst others.
PARECO: Land, local strongmen and the roots of militia politics in North Kivu
While PARECO was integrated into the national army in 2009, the recent M23 rebellion threatens to give a new impetus to rural militias, including those with roots in he Hutu community, with devastating consequences for the civilian population.
PARECO: Land, local strongmen and the roots of militia politics in North Kivu, from the Rift Valley Institute, provides an in-depth look at the history and motives of the PARECO armed group in DR Congo. The report is the part of the Usalama project, which aims to provide a deeper understanding of armed groups in eastern DR Congo.
Research and policy implications from a micro-level perspective on the dynamics of conflict, violence and development
At a fundamental level, the factors that explain the outbreak, the continuation, the end and the consequences of violent conflict are closely interrelated with how people behave, make choices and interact with their immediate surroundings, and how all these factors may shape the lives and livelihoods of those exposed to conflict and violence.
This working paper is a chapter from a forthcoming book "A Micro-Level Perspective on the Dynamics of Conflict, Violence and Development". The book is the result of the MICROCON research project into the "micro-level" dimensions of conflict. The paper argues for a new approach to conflict analysis that takes into account these dynamics.
Community early warning systems: guiding principles
The present guiding principles of community early warning systems is a living document that launches a process to compile and capitalize on a rich and growing body of evidence and effort.
Community early warning systems: guiding principles, from the IFCR, aims to bring together best practice and examples of success, in community early warning systems. The publication is intended as a guide for practitioners working with any kind of early warning system involving community level information gathering.
How the local matters: Democratization in Libya, Pakistan, Yeman, and Palestine
A shared message is that although ‘going local’ is bound to be diﬃcult, it provides a potential avenue for improving everyday governance and reaching ‘ordinary’ people in fragile states
How local matters [pdf], from the Danish Institute for International Studies, examines democratisation in fragile states. Drawing on four case studies - Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, and Palestine - the paper makes the case for 'going local' as a way to encourage more effective and sustainable statebuilding and democratisation.
Signposting success: Civil society in Afghanistan
The cross analysis of 40 civil society entities has revealed seven key factors that drive success among this sample: positioning; organizational structure; reputation; financial sustainability; geographic coverage; influence in advocacy; and the ability to develop synergies.
Signposting success, from Internews, looks at examples of successful Afghan civil society organisations, movements and networks. The report seeks to identify what made them successful, any commonalities between them, and how they can be further supported.