Here are a few updates from the Center on Conflict and Development (ConDev)–a USAID Development Lab at Texas A&M University that seeks to improve development programs and policies in conflict-affected countries through research and education. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information!



    ConDev’s Student Media Grant, open August 1-September 30, awards $5,000 to students interested in capturing stories and stunning photography in conflict-­affected areas of the world.

  • Innovation Marketplace Winners, 8 July 2016

    Texas A&M University will have a strong representation in this year’s Innovation Marketplace, a USAID competition showcasing the work of students and innovators using science, tech, innovation and partnerships to tackle global challenges. These ConDev teams will compete at a poster session at MIT this November.

  • Short-Listed for Department of State – Conflict and Stabilization Operations, 30 June 2016

    ConDev has been short-listed for funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations for proposals related to peace processes.

  • Aggies Innovate for ConDev Guatemala Project, 2 June 2016

    Texas A&M University engineering students develop a vegetable washing system to be piloted on one of ConDev’s Guatemala projects this summer.

  • Congressional Delegation Visits Ag Education Sites in Ghana through AgriCorps, 8 May 2016

    Mike Conaway visited AgriCorps and 4-H Ghana sites in the Eastern Region of Ghana with other members of the House Agriculture Committee and leaders of American agriculture organizations.

  • How Farmer-Philanthropist Howard Buffett is Planting Hope in Africa, 2 May 2016

    In this PBS NewsHour special, Mr. Howard G. Buffett discusses his efforts to improve agriculture and the livelihoods of farmers both in the U.S. and in conflict-affected areas overseas.

  • Kombit Film Screening, 4 April 2016

    ConDev screened an award-winning documentary detailing a five-year mission to reforest Haiti using public-private partnerships; the event included a Q&A with a member of Timberland’s leadership team.

  • Innovation Marketplace, 28 March 2016

    This USAID competition is seeking students and young innovators who are using science, technology, innovation, and partnerships (STIP) to tackle global challenges.

  • A Dream Shaped By Adversity: Rwandan Genocide Survivor to PhD Student, 24 March 2016

    Growing up as a refugee in East Africa, Cedric Habiyaremye vowed to fight malnutrition and hunger in Rwanda. Today, he is a PhD student in Crop Science working to develop novel and sustainable farming practices.He delivered a first-hand account of his journey to pursue an education and his continuing mission to positively impact agricultural development in Rwanda.

  • Lubero Peace Dialogue, 17-19 June 2015

    Community leaders and local citizens gathered in Lubero, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to voice their grievances and discuss avenues to peace.

  • Masisi Peace Dialogue, 8-10 February 2015

    This second Congo Peace Center peacebuilding workshop built upon the success of the first dialogue in Rutshuru, with breakout sessions covering issues such as constitutional rights, good governance, conflict resolution and prioritizing community needs. These sessions provided a unique opportunity for disparate factions of the community to work together to address concerns and build a shared vision for Masisi’s future.

  • Rutshuru Peace Dialogue, 12-14 December 2014

    During the Congo Peace Center’s first peacebuilding workshop in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), participants worked in breakout groups to resolve inter-community conflict, focusing on the relationship between communities and state authorities, along with local development projects.