Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction: News

  • May 8, 2015 Occasional Paper 14: "Value Chain Development in Fragile Settings" Synthesising a wide range of literature, building on eight case studies across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, this study argues that support to value chains in fragile and conflict-affected settings is feasible, and it identifies room for constructive engagement especially at the local and regional levels. Read news item
  • March 17, 2015 Blog: Ditching the disaster cycle: Focus on sustainable development to manage risk Professor Hilhorst blogs from Sendai on the launch of the UN's new Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: the DRR community is now faced with calls for the disaster cycle to be replaced.
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  • February 16, 2015 Blog: 'Better services in DRC: Changing the state, starts from within' PhD researcher Aembe Bwimana wrote a blog reminding us that the state is not a thing, but a set of institutions made up of people. People can shape how the state functions and can trigger changes in the way it provides services and makes itself accountable to the population. view_Blog
  • October 14, 2014 Occasional Paper 10: "Policy Review: International and Dutch policies in the field of socio-economic development in fragile settings" Based on a review of key documents and interviews with policy stakeholders, Anette Hoffmann identifies major trends and issues, and brings out the potential gains of systematically dovetailing policies in the peacebuilding and economic development domains, in order to develop policy that is well-grounded in the social, political and economic realities in fragile settings.
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  • September 17, 2014 Conference Report: "Facing Fragilities" The conference "Facing Fragilities: people, aid and institutions in socio-economic recovery" was held on September 11, 2014 in the Royal Theatre in The Hague. With keynotes by Dorothea Hilhorst (WUR), Gary Milante (SIPRI) and a number of break-out sessions, the conference was a lively and inspiring event for the 175 participants.
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  • July 28, 2014 Occasional Paper 9: "Rethinking ‘entrepreneurship’ in fragile environments" Based on earlier research in Afghanistan, Holly Ritchie explores the multiple ways in which Somali women negotiate social norms and engage in new forms of cooperation to expand their room for manoeuvre and set out to do business, with varying degrees of success. Yet the emergence of more liberal norms and relations remains fragile in a greater context of uncertainty.
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  • April 30, 2014 Research Report: Rural road(re)construction Transport and rural livelihoods in the conflict-affected and fragile state environment of South Kivu Substantial international investment has gone into the rehabilitation of the road infrastructure in DRC, but little is known about the impact of road rehabilitation on the organisation of urban-rural transport or on rural people’s lives. This report is based on a survey among 1250 households in South Kivu, a review of the transport sector and qualitative community research.
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  • April 28, 2014 Two IS Academy Films now available online: Socio-economic Recovery in South Sudan and Uganda The two IS Academy short films on South Sudan and Uganda are now available online: skilfully filmed, each shows us a fragment of reality in these two countries. In South Sudan, we see two businessmen in Juba, and reflect on the importance of the private sector for the development of a stable state. In the north of Uganda, we see how people seek to become food secure, and how Dutch NGO ZOA attempts to support their efforts. Both films highlight people’s own efforts, the need for international assistance, and some of the challenges involved. Read news item
  • April 1, 2014 IS Academy Short Film Project The IS Academy Short Film Project seeks to draw attention to socioeconomic life and interventions in ‘fragile’ settings. In situations moving from conflict to post-conflict, local people do their best to survive and make a living. At the same time, intervening agencies are also doing their best to support local people and improve their situation. Nevertheless, at the interface between these two processes, it often turns out to be difficult to connect the activities of intervening agencies to local people’s own initiatives, and to connect the exact needs of local people to the support offered by external interventions. It is this gap that this film project seeks to bring to the forefront.
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  • April 1, 2014 Blog: 'Outside the net': women's participation in fishing activities in Trincomalee district of Sri Lanka PhD researcher Gayathri Lokuge wrote a blog on how the invisibility of women's fishing related activities at the household, community and decision making levels leads to their exclusion from the institutional and technical support in the post-war context of Sri Lanka.
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