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Understanding Conflict and Instability

Our research provided information necessary for conflict-sensitive programming and policymaking

Under the Fragility and Conflict Technical and Research Services (FACTRS) contract for USAID, we developed and disseminated practical lessons distilled from scholarship, evaluation, assessment, and experience to improve the quality of humanitarian and development programming and policy-making.

Our research from 2014 to 2019 supported the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation in USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA/CMM) to identify, analyze, and address causes and consequences of conflict and instability, and to ensure USAID programs are sensitive to conflict dynamics.

Our work included a collaborative series of conversations, learning events, and activities that leveraged USAID staff as well as the larger FACTRS consortium and external expertise to develop technical guidance in support of DCHA/CMM’s technical leadership agenda. This included topics such as conflict-sensitive approaches to food assistance programming, climate security, and countering violent extremism (CVE).

Our team worked with DCHA/CMM and select missions to develop tools that helped USAID staff apply conflict-sensitive approaches more systematically and effectively to planning, strategy development, and program implementation.

Other work examined youth gang prevention and CVE programming, identifying applicable lessons and programming recommendations translatable across the two domains. Additionally, research and fieldwork contributed to the development of a fragility assessment framework for cross-sector application.