The Center on Conflict and Development (ConDev) is a USAID Development Lab at Texas A&M University that seeks to improve development programs and policies in conflict-affected areas of the world through research and education. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates, or dig deeper into our programs here on our website!


  • ConDev-Bush School Capstone Presents in DC!, 1 May 2017

    Graduate students from Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service present their research findings to USAID and Chemonics in Washington, DC. The ‘capstone’ project was supported by The Center on Conflict and Development.

  • Crisis Through a Lens, 17 April 2017

    Refugee documentary by Student Media Grantees was featured in The Battalion, Texas A&M University’s on-campus newspaper!

  • Student Media Grantees Announced, 14 March 2017

    We are excited to announce this year’s Student Media Grant winners, Özge Sebzeci and Brian Otieno! They will be conducting photojournalism projects in Turkey (“The Struggle for Women’s Rights”) and Kenya (“Closing Dadaab”), respectively.

  • ConDev Hosts Visiting Scholars from North Korea, 30 January 2017

    ConDev hosts visitors from Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea. The university itself is an anomaly: With a growing curriculum and the best internet access in the country, it is an experiment in what can be achieved academically with slightly loosened restrictions. During the visit, administrators discuss potential areas of collaboration.

  • Accepted for Publication, 27 January 2017

    Congrats to ConDev researcher Ben Tkach on the acceptance of his article for publication: “Private Military and Security Companies, Contract Structure, Market Competition, and Violence in Iraq”

  • AgriCorps Featured in AgriLeader Magazine, 26 January 2017

    ConDev grantee and partner AgriCorps is featured in AgriLeader Magazine–read the full article here!

  • Human-Elephant Conflict Workshop in Botswana, 6 December 2016

    ConDev at Texas A&M teamed up with Ecoexist and MIT for a five-day workshop in Botswana! Students worked with local farmers to engineer solutions to foster coexistence between humans and elephants in the country’s Okavango Delta.

  • ConDev Studies How Gardening Can Reduce School Bullying, 28 November 2016

    ConDev’s Lead for Latin America leads a research program to study if Junior Master Gardener programs can be an effective tool to promote teamwork and inclusion, while reducing bullying in elementary schools in rural Guatemala.

  • ConDev 101, 13 November 2016

    Take “ConDev 101” to learn more about our personnel and programs in conflict-affected and fragile areas around the world!

  • Kinshasa School of Public Health: Evaluation Complete!, 19 October 2016

    A team from the Texas A&M School of Public Health ventured to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to determine how support provided to the Kinshasa School of Public Health has contributed to helping the school fulfill its mandate as a training and research institution.

  • ConDev’s in the Memorial Student Center!!, 11 October 2016

    The hills of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are now covering the walls of the Texas A&M Memorial Student Center!  Thanks to Texas A&M University‘s awesome Communications and Marketing team for highlighting our field staff in a place so special to us here in Aggieland.

  • DR Congo Minister Visits Texas A&M, 10 October 2016

    This week, ConDev hosted Minister John Banza from the Democratic Republic of the Congo at Texas A&M University. In these videos, he discusses topics such as leadership, policy and public health with student leaders.

  • FILM OCTOBER 26: “The Man Who Mends Women”, 23 September 2016

    Join us at The Grand Stafford in Downtown Bryan for a screening of a film exploring the life and work of internationally renowned surgeon, Dr. Denis Mukwege. Nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Mukwege has medically assisted over 40,000 sexually abused women and campaigns for global awareness on sexual violence in Congo.

  • ConDev Internship Opportunity, 25 August 2016

    Are you an aspiring grant writer? ConDev has an opening for an unpaid Development Intern this fall!

  • Human-Elephant Conflict Comes to Texas A&M, 22 August 2016

    This week, a delegation from Ecoexist will visit the Texas A&M campus to screen their 18-minute documentary concerning human-elephant conflict in Botswana! The two screenings will be followed by brown bag discussions with the team’s Botswanan Field Coordinators.

  • ConDev Grantee Featured on the Ezra Klein Show, 18 August 2016

    ConDev grant winner Grant Gordon discusses a variety of topics including his ConDev-sponsored research in the DR Congo, his thoughts on humanitarian intervention, and advice for future global development professionals.

  • Partner Ecoexist Featured in AgriLeader Magazine, 11 August 2016

    ConDev partner Ecoexist promotes the coexistence of elephants and humans in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. ConDev teamed up with Ecoexist to lead an innovative student workshop there last June!

  • 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.