Based upon an agreement with USAID and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and as an outcome of the 2013 Conflict and Development Strategy Workshop, ConDev’s research focuses largely on mitigating conflict related to four program areas, which were hand-picked based on their potential to combat key drivers of international conflict:

  • Food Security: How to design interventions that build upon local coping strategies to incentivize food security and promote resilience?
  • Natural Resource Management: How can natural resource management be used as a peace-building approach?
  • Youth Employment: How to engage youth populations through workforce development linked to jobs?
  • Local Institutions: How do legitimate local institutions redirect elite competition and promote cooperation dynamics?

 

Agriculture and Food Security

Which interventions are required to build upon local conflict coping strategies to incentivize food security and promote resilience?

Conflict-Resistant Food Sources

Iraq: Feedlot Production

USA: Food Security, Climate and Conflict (TEXAS A&M COURSE)

Coffee and Cacao

DRC: Best Practices in Cocoa and Coffee

DRC: South Kivu Coffee

Measuring and Increasing Agricultural Productivity

Ghana: Center for No-Till Agriculture

Ghana, Liberia and Senegal: Three Country Study on Food and Farmers

Measuring Nutrition

DRC: North Kivu Malnutrition

Ghana, Liberia and Senegal: Three Country Study on Food and Farmers

India: Boosting Nutrition through Female Ag Extension

Mali: Markets and Household Food Security

Malnutrition, Stress and Violent Behavior

El Salvador: Reducing Violence and Gang Involvement through Hydroponic Urban Gardening

Guatemala: Learn, Grow, Eat, & Go!

Guatemala: Quality Protein Maize

Natural Resource Management and the Environment

How can natural resource management be used as a peace-building approach?

Land

DRC: Sharing the Land

DRC: Virunga M&E

Uganda: Environmental Management in the Oil Sector (EMOS)

Sustainable Agriculture

DRC: Best Practices in Cocoa and Coffee

Ghana: Center for No-Till Agriculture

Climate

USA: Food Security, Climate and Conflict (TEXAS A&M COURSE)

Youth Employment

What investments are required to engage conflict-vulnerable youth populations through workforce development linked to jobs?

Agricultural Education

Ghana: AgriCorps

Ghana: Center for No-Till Agriculture

Assessing Risks & Pressures Faced by Susceptible Youth

Ghana: Street Youth Survey

Trinidad and Tobago: Youth Violence Analysis

Providing Alternatives to Violence

El Salvador: Reducing Violence and Gang Involvement through Hydroponic Urban Gardening

El Salvador: Youth Violence and Olympic Values

Guatemala: Learn, Grow, Eat, & Go!

Nepal: Conflict, Earthquakes, and Schools

South Africa: ISDF Youth Competition

Strengthening Local Institutions

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