Helping economies recover in the aftermath of war is a top policy priority for international donors and aid agencies, motivated by perceptions that persisting economic grievances are capable of sliding countries back into violence. However, while post-conflict economic programming is often aimed at resuscitating markets and developing the private sector, there is limited evidence to support investments in these areas.
This report synthesises findings on markets and economic development from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), a six-year, eight-country research programme exploring how people make a living, access adequate food, educate their children and stay healthy in a range of conflict-affected countries.
This report is one of a series produced at the end of SLRC’s first phase. These reports bring together and analyse all relevant material on SLRC’s overarching research questions, with a view to drawing out broader lessons that will be of use to policy makers, practitioners and researchers.