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Livelihood trajectories in Afghanistan: Evidence from three villages in Herat Province
Danielle Huot, Adam Pain and Ihsanullah Ghafoori
Poverty levels in Afghanistan have remained largely unchanged despite considerable international investment. This report examines the underlying reasons, drawing on a longitudinal study – ongoing since 2003 - of households in three villages in the Pashtun Zarghun district of Herat. 22/12/2016
Livelihood trajectories in Afghanistan: Silent violence in Kandahar Province
Adam Pain, Danielle Huot and Ihsanullah Ghafoori
This study on livelihood trajectories in Kandahar is part of the third round of a panel survey tracking the fortunes of rural Afghan households. It explores the contrasting trajectories – improving, declining and coping – across the study households. 22/12/2016
The political economy of violence: Women's economic relations in post-war Sri Lanka
Prashanthi Jayasekara and Nadhiya Najab
Since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, physical and sexual violence against women in the war-affected northern and eastern parts of the country has been the focus of significant national and international attention. This study of women in Vettikadu who have been rolling beedis for over 50 years seeks to throw light on the structural violence generated and sustained by political and economic relations and processes, and their intersections with gender, caste and class oppression 20/12/2016
Youth on the margins:in search of decent work in northern Uganda
Richard Mallett, Teddy Atim and Jimmy Opio
Global youth unemployment is at epidemic proportions, but just because someone is working, it does not automatically mean they are doing well. Bad work – forms of labour that are precarious, underpaid and exploitative – could also be described as an epidemic, as this study of young people in Lira shows 20/12/2016
Trading, power and politics in a northern Ugandan marketplace
Richard Mallett, Jimmy Opio and Teddy Atim
What happens when attempts to modernise and formalise economic activity come into contact with the local realities of how trading, power and politics actually work? Through a combination of qualitative and survey-based research, this study sets out to investigate in the context of a newly redeveloped marketplace in Lira town, northern Uganda 19/12/2016
Key lessons learned on international engagement
Daniel Maxwell, Rachel Gordon, Leben Moro, Martina Santschi and Philip Dau
Are technical solutions the best way to address political problems? This briefing paper examines what international aid policymakers and practitioners can learn from the history of international engagement with South Sudan prior to and during the current conflict 31/10/2016
Complexities of service delivery and state-building
Daniel Maxwell, Rachel Gordon, Leben Moro, Martina Santschi and Philip Dau
If investment in service delivery does not lead to improved views of the state, what can? This brief sums up six years of research in South Sudan and recommends a rethink in state-building priorities for both internal and external actors alike 31/10/2016
Livelihoods and conflict in South Sudan
Daniel Maxwell, Rachel Gordon, Leben Moro, Martina Santschi and Philip Dau
Does the end of civil war and the redirection of resources to state institutions really bring about a ‘peace dividend’ that boosts livelihoods? This brief sums up six years of research in South Sudan and recommends a rethink in the way aid actors approach livelihoods and recovery 31/10/2016
Hospitality and exclusion: A study about post-war tourism in Passikudah
Vagisha Gunasekara, Mira Philips and Vijay Nagraj
Economic development was seen as the panacea that would solve decades of ethnic conflict and bring peace to post-war Sri Lanka. This study of one Special Tourism Zone in the war-affected Eastern Province – Passikudah - examines the vision’s economic, social and political dynamics and effects through an analysis of political and subjective economies. 26/09/2016
Saffron: The social relations of production
Giulia Minoia and Adam Pain
Saffron is promoted in Afghanistan as a legal alternative to opium growing and for its potential to generate job opportunities, especially for women. But has it succeeded in creating growth and transforming women’s lives? 30/08/2016