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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
Apprécions-nous correctement? Réponse aux violences sexuelles en République Démocratique du Congo: Une comparaison entre 2011 et 2014
Nynke Douma, Dorothea Hilhorst and Jocelyne Matabaro
La République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) est connue sur le plan international pour les violences sexuelles liées au conflit qui a affecté un très grand nombre de victimes. Ce rapport compare la réponse des programmes de 2011 et 2014 à la violence sexuelle et s’interroge sur leurs résultats 27/07/2016
Using village context analysis in Afghanistan: Methods and wider implications
Adam Pain
How can Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Program and Citizen’s Charter identify villages where there is sufficient coherence between the logic and interests that structure village life and programme design for interventions to succeed? This paper outlines the benefits of a village mapping approach 26/07/2016
Seeing like the networked state: Subnational governance in Afghanistan
Ashley Jackson
While institutions exist in name and edifice in Afghanistan, network connections are what govern access to resources. How the international community chooses to deal with such elite networks is critical to the future of Afghanistan 18/07/2016
Journal: Informal Taxation in Ungoverned Spaces
Richard Mallett
Taxation is one of the core functions associated with notions of what it means to be, and act like, a state. But what happens in places where formal state governments do not exist, or where they have little to no control? This SAIS journal article examines examples of informal taxation and tax-like practices from Nepal 14/07/2016
Les femmes engagées dans la sexualité transactionnelle et travaillant dans la prostitution: Pratiques et facteurs sous-jacents dans le trafic du sexe au Sud-Kivu, en République Démocratique du Congo
Isumbisho Mwapu, Dorothea Hilhorst, Murhega Mashanda, Muhigwa Bahananga and Ruhamya Mugenzi
La sexualité transactionnelle et la prostitution sont des phénomènes qui forment une partie importante de la vie urbaine au Sud-Kivu, RDC. Ce rapport examine l’importance de la sexualité transactionnelle en tant que stratégie de survie pour les femmes et analyse leurs motivations en s’engageant dans la prostitution et la sexualité transactionnelle 14/07/2016
The rules of the game: Towards a theory of networks of access
Ashley Jackson and Giulia Minoia
Rather than institutions and formal rules governing political and economic life, it is networks that matter most in Afghanistan. This briefing paper introduces a ‘networks of access’ approach to understanding political and economic life, applying network analysis to political and economic dynamics 29/06/2016
Trajectories of international engagement with state and local actors: Evidence from South Sudan
Daniel Maxwell, Rachel Gordon, Leben Moro, Martina Santschi and Philip Dau
In the wake of South Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, optimism abounded that investment in state-building would produce numerous benefits including peace, stability, growth and economic opportunities. This paper considers why that optimism proved to be unjustified 29/06/2016