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25 November 2015 16:19


In Ilam district, Eastern Nepal, researcher Georgina Sturge followed a team of a SLRC enumerators who were finding respondents for the second round of the SLRC panel survey. Earlier in the year they came close to not being able to reach the field in Nepal at all due to political protests. Now the challenge was to find the same respondent as in the first round in 2012. Was this crazily unrealistic given the significant constraints and issues we were like to face in fragile and conflict-affected states?

SLRC Research Officer Georgina Sturge

Written by Richard Mallett on 22 October 2015 22:56
































































Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. But what happens when he is unable to practice what he was taught? 
































SLRC Researcher, Richard Mallett, and SLRC Sierra Leone research lead, Lisa Denney 

22 October 2015 15:49

Despite the MDG targets to achieve universal primary education and eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2015, according to Afghanistan’s most recent census only 23% of Afghan adolescent girls spend their teenage years in school, as compared to 42% of their male counterparts. Most rural families in particular still do not believe it is necessary for girls to get an education; these girls are to marry young. Thus, change must start from within.   

AREU Senior Research Assistant Shukria Azmadmanesh

Written by Richard Mallett on 24 July 2015 10:19




The limited operationalization of capacity support helps account for why the Ebola virus was so hard to control in Sierra Leone. 



SLRC Researcher, Richard Mallett 

Written by Lisa Denney on 15 April 2015 11:52

The international community has treated Ebola largely as a medical emergency, requiring a technical response. This is undoubtedly true in part, but it overlooks the political dimensions of the problem which will continue to resonate long after we have ‘gotten to zero’.

SLRC Sierra Leone research lead, Lisa Denney

09 April 2015 13:37

A 2012 report by UNHCR on the effects of IDPs on host families and host communities called for stronger commitment from the humanitarian community to assisting IDPs in hosting arrangements. But identifying who these people are in DRC is itself a practical challenge.

SLRC DRC PhD Researcher, Gloria Nguya

Written by Paul Harvey on 27 March 2015 12:40

The 2015 OECD report on States of Fragility proposes a new way of measuring and classifying fragility that is really exciting and ground-breaking, but it’s less exciting once it gets to the policy prescriptions. We seem to move from a bold new attempt to re-classify and re-think fragility to some pretty standard orthodoxies on what to do about it...

Paul Harvey, SLRC Director

06 March 2015 18:22

This Sunday will mark International Women’s Day across the world. Many will celebrate the progress that has been made towards eliminating gender inequality around the world. However, for women living in conflict there is still a long way to go.

Maryam Mohsin, SLRC Research Uptake Manager

04 March 2015 11:03

Last Wednesday, we were lucky enough to be invited along to the launch of the Institute of Development Studies’ Ebola: Lessons for Development papers. The event got us thinking about what the Ebola crisis tells us about our conventional ways of doing state-building and what it exposes as the limits of the existing orthodoxy...

SLRC Researcher, Richard Mallett and SLRC CEO, Paul Harvey

Written by Richard Mallett on 02 March 2015 16:29

The Ugandan government, buoyed by aid dollars and NGO activity, is trying to make the livelihoods of northern Ugandans better. Every year millions are poured into schemes like vocational training, microfinance and enterprise support with the intention of helping young people get into the labour market and make a decent living. But are their efforts falling short?

SLRC Researcher, Richard Mallett 

Written by Paul Harvey on 09 February 2015 11:41

Action on pay and working conditions in conflict-affected situations is needed, and this should be connected to the long history of working people fighting to combat exploitation through collective action.

Paul Harvey, SLRC Director

13 January 2015 16:02


Sometimes we forget that the state is not a thing, but a set of institutions made up of people. People can shape how the state functions and can trigger changes in the way it provides services and makes itself accountable to the population.

SLRC DRC PhD Student, Aembe Bwimana

Welcome to SLRC's blog.

This blog will feature reflections from our team of researchers on the practicalities of actually conducting research in conflict-affected situations. We will also be posting guest blogs written by key researchers and practioners working on livelihoods, basic services and social protection in conflict-affected situations.