Tilman Brück and Damir Esenaliev of ISDC will present at a workshop on Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan organised by the Central Asia Program of George Washington University on 10 May 2017. Social cohesion has emerged over the last two decades as an important concept in both academic and political discourse, especially in fragile and conflict-affected environments. At the same time, the evidence on how to build social cohesion and peace at the individual level has been quite scarce. This event will review some exciting new evidence on building peace and social cohesion at the micro-level from Central Asia.
ISDC is co-organising a Seminar on Agricultural Transformation in Central Asia in collaboration with IFPRI’s Central Asia Program, the University of Central Asia and SIPRI. The seminar will take place at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC, USA on 9 May 2017. Papers presented in the seminar provide evidence on kidney beans and sheep meat value chains development; contractual arrangements, food safety compliance, and challenges in the dairy supply chain; welfare effects of smallholder export participation; and effects of income shocks on employment and migration in Kyrgyzstan. The authors use diverse sources of household survey data, including the Life in Kyrgyzstan Survey, the Kyrgyzstan Integrated Household Survey, the Dairy Value Chain Survey, etc.
This call for papers aims to assemble high quality papers that will increase our understanding of: 1) the role of social protection in fragile contexts and settings of forced displacement and migration; and 2) synergies across the humanitarian and development divide in both contexts. The aim is to assemble 8 to 10 papers of sufficient quality to be jointly submitted for a special issue to the Journal of Development Studies, or featured in an edited book. Reviewed and approved papers will also be featured in the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti working paper series.
The Summer School on Social Cohesion: Concept, Implementation and Impact Evaluation is a capacity-building initiative for researchers, practitioners and policymakers in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. It is organised as part of the Social Cohesion through Community-based Development project implemented in Kyrgyzstan from 2014 to 2017. The project aims to identify, pilot and build capacity for social cohesion mechanisms in community-driven development approaches. The Summer School will be held from 11–18 June 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Researchers, primarily young professors, PhD students, development practitioners, and policy analysts from government, international agencies and civil society organisations based in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is 5 April 2017. More details can be found here.
The article titled “Do jobs aid peace? The impact of employment interventions on peace, security and stability” by Tilman Brück, Neil T.N. Ferguson, Valeria Izzi and Wolfgang Stojetz has been published in the February/March 2017 issue of GREAT Insights on Youth employment in fragile countries. The magazine is published by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).
We invite papers that can shed light on the effect of food aid on the beneficiaries as well as the warring parties, on demobilization, reintegration and employment programs, on the role of media during conflict, on forced displacement, on new ways to collect data during conflict and on the impact of prevention and peace programs, to name but a few.
The paper “Should I Trade or Should I Go (to War)?: Lessons from the Second Intifada” by Sami H. Miaari has received the “Best Paper Award” by the Middle East Economic Association. The paper was selected from among all papers presented at MEEA conferences between January 2016 and January 2017.
The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) at the University of Central Asia (UCA) is looking for a full-time Research Assistant. IPPA was established in 2011 to strengthen public policy in Central Asia. It provides in-depth analysis on current and emerging policy issues facing the region, and improves the analytical capacity of governments and civil society to use evidence in decision-making processes through professional development. The Consultant/Research Assistant will assist with implementing research, training and dissemination activities of IPPA projects. To facilitate these activities, the consultant will be granted UCA corporate e-mail address as well as authorised to perform related to IPPA projects functions (request contracts, make payments related to IPPA projects, etc. More information is available here.
The 17th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference, annual meeting of NEPS, will be held on 26th-28th June 2017 at the University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, Antwerpen, Belgium .
Those who are interested in participating should submit their proposal including abstract, title, author’s name(s), affiliation(s) to the following address: email@example.com. For more information, please see the full Call for Papers.
The Households in Conflict Network (HiCN), ISDC – International Security and Development Center and FAO are planning a proposal for a special issue on the topic of “food security and conflict” to be submitted to “World Development” in mid-January 2017. This builds on a workshop on the theme held at FAO in Rome in October 2016 (LINK). Some of the papers presented there and a few additional papers will be proposed to the editors of World Development for consideration as a special issue.