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Understanding Conflict and Instability

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

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

Our research supports 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 includes a collaborative series of conversations, learning events, and activities that leverage 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 includes topics such as conflict-sensitive approaches to food assistance programming, climate security, and countering violent extremism (CVE).

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

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