The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) is a global research programme (2011-2017) on livelihoods and services affected by conflict. It is led by ODI and funded by DfID, Irish Aid and EC. The Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction is responsible for the DRC part of the programme, in collaboration with ISDR, UCC, and Cordaid, and for the capacity development of the country teams in collaboration with CDI.
SLRC researches livelihoods and services affected by conflict in seven different countries: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nepal, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda. As Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, we carry out the research in DRC.
The Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction research in DRC focuses on three core questions:
- Legitimacy: how do experiences of service delivery impact on the perception people have of the state?
- Multi-stakeholder arrangements; how do non-state actors contribute to the capacity of the state?
- What are the livelihood trajectories and economic activities under conflict?
We use both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection:
- A livelihoods and perceptions panel survey has been carried out in 2012 and will be repeated in 2015
- An external consultant, Adriaan Ferf, has carried out study on transportation
- Two PhD researchers are exploring SLRC topics into more depth in the provinces of South-Kivu and Equateur
Apart from the research in DRC, the Special Chair Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction is also responsible for capacity development of the consortium, especially the training of the PhD students in the programme, who come from DRC (2), Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda.
Research uptake is an important element of the research programme. Through engagement with various stakeholders and by disseminating our findings, we hope to provide insights into the governance and dynamics of service delivery in the Congolese context. This can feed into more tailor-made interventions in state-building. Besides, we will generate lessons to build and refine theoretical frameworks on institutional multiplicity and service delivery in conflict-affected situations.