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The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) is an eight year global research programme exploring livelihoods, basic services and social protection in conflict-affected situations. Funded by UK Aid from the UK government (DFID), Irish Aid and EC, SLRC was established in 2011 with the aim of strengthening the evidence base and informing policy and practice around livelihoods and services in conflict.

The evidence base on livelihoods, services and social protection in conflict-affected situations is patchy and extremely weak in certain places. In particular, there is:

  • little understanding of the relationships between service provision, legitimacy and state-building;
  • little evidence on the service delivery and human well being outcomes of external actors’ state-building and capacity development efforts in conflict-affected situations;
  • a lack of comparable and longitudinal research into how people are able to maintain or create secure livelihoods during and after violent conflict.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the lead organisation. SLRC partners include: the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) in Sri Lanka, Feinstein International Center (FIC, Tufts University), Focus1000, based in Sierra Leone, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Pakistan, Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, based at Wageningen University (WUR) in the Netherlands, the Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research (NCCR), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

SLRC’s research focuses on eight core countries, covering a range of conflict-affected situations:

In the DRC, SLRC has recently expanded its work to include the “Power, Poverty, and Politics” (DRC PPP) component. ODI continues to be the lead organization of the SLRC on this policy and research programme, with the following partners: the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) at the University of Antwerp; the Claremont Graduate University (CGU); and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

SLRC is led by a global team based at the Overseas Development Institute in London, UK. This team is comprised of:

  • Paul Harvey, Director
  • Rachel Slater, Research Director
  • Mareike Schomerus, Research Director - DRC PPP
  • Stephanie Buell, Programme Manager
  • Richard Mallett, Research Fellow
  • Georgina Sturge, Research Officer
  • Patricia Prohaszka, Programme Officer
The global team provides support to each of the country programmes, leads on the overall management of the Consortium, and engages in cross-cutting research.


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Funded by UK Aid from the UK government, Irish Aid and EC