Researchers and collaborators at ConDev pursue interventions that influence elite competition and promote cooperation at the local level. Local institutions are conceptualized broadly to include social and political organizations and processes in fragile and conflict affected countries. We are interested in pursuing research that identifies, incorporates, and examines rural and urban populations to identify data driven solutions to social and political problems. Current research in this area involves multiple levels of social and political interactions ranging from high level political negotiations between countries to programs improving farming cooperatives. Utilizing a local partner driven approach, ConDev researchers seek to generate local solutions for and by local populations.

How do legitimate local institutions redirect elite competition and promote cooperation dynamics in conflict-prone regions?

Improving Development Assistance

Jordan: NGOs and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Kenya: Learning Empowerment as a Refugee

Cultivating a Global Network of Scholars

Afghanistan: Kandahar Renewable Energy Curriculum

DRC: Congo Peace Center

DRC, Uganda & USA: Competitive Research Grants for Local Faculty

Worldwide: Student Media Grant