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Aiding Peace? Development Programs in Post-Conflict Countries

  • OpenGov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

Following each outbreak of civil war or violent conflict, international donors promise to relieve civilian suffering and rebuild institutions. But do development policies actually respond to the realities of peace building, or are donors driven more by unrelated incentives?

This Learning Lunch, presented by OpenGov Hub member Development Gateway, will explore findings from Susanna Campbell’s (Graduate Institute of Geneva/ American University) and Mike Findley’s (UT-Austin) research on the motivations behind donor programming in post-conflict states. Drawing on quantitative analyses and 200+ interviews in DRC, Nepal, South Sudan, and Sudan, investigators examined the role of institutional interests in donors’ development and execution of peace-building policies.

Campbell and Findley will unpack the interconnections between donors own interests / abilities and the realities of dynamic peacebuilding contexts. They will also present on policy implications, which center on the nexus between development, humanitarian, and peacebuilding aid allocation.


This work was funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies. Lunch will be provided.