In 2013, Texas A&M University received the honor of joining USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) — a partnership that uses academic institutions to tackle our world’s most challenging development problems. As one of seven universities selected to join the HESN, the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University (ConDev) integrates research and academics to promote the analysis of development in fragile and conflict-affected nations.

Per our agreement with USAID, ConDev hosted a planning workshop in Washington, DC from April 23-25, 2013. The purpose of the workshop was to gather the best minds in the field of conflict and development to help the Center identify its programmatic foci. There were three mornings of discussion devoted to Human and Institutional Capital and Conflict (April 23), Natural Resources and Conflict (April 24), and Science, Technology, Food Security and Conflict (April 25). *These respective presentations are available at the bottom of this page. The associated agenda, panelist biographies and framing papers can also be accessed here.*

At this workshop, ConDev and USAID staff cooperatively identified four questions to comprise ConDev’s research agenda:

  1. Which interventions are required that build upon local coping strategies to incentivize food security and promote resilience?
  2. How can natural resource management be used as a peace-building approach?
  3. What investments are required to engage youth populations through workforce development linked to jobs?
  4. How do legitimate local institutions redirect elite competition and promote cooperation dynamics?

Four objectives were also selected to be incorporated throughout the research agenda:

  1. Generate meaningful and actionable data and analysis that fills knowledge gaps.
  2. Fully integrate gender-sensitive research in all programs.
  3. Identify and test innovative applications of information and communications technology.
  4. Partner with local research institutions to generate solutions for and by the local population.


Workshop Presentations

Human and Institutional Capital and Conflict

Natural Resources and Conflict

Science, Technology, Food Security, and Conflict