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In March 2015, the Department for International Development (DFID) approved an investment of up to £6,680,000 over the next 4 years (2016-2020) to fund new, operationally-relevant research on how donors can effectively reduce the risk and impact of violent conflict in developing countries. Research uptake will mean more evidence based — and therefore effective — development initiatives by DFID, other donors, and partners in a range of DFID priority countries. The overall objective of the programme is to deliver new, operationally-relevant evidence on understanding conflict in developing countries, and the best response to it, that supports more evidence based — and therefore effective — development initiatives by DFID and its partners in a range of DFID priority countries. The overall programme will have 2 components:

1) What Works in Addressing Violent Conflict in Developing Countries? High quality, policy relevant new evidence and methodological advances produced on:

  • How different interventions affect violent conflict and the risk of renewed violent conflict?
  • What contextual factors affect the effectiveness of these interventions?

2) Examining the Evolution of Complex and Persistent Violent Conflicts — tracing the changes in political economy of conflict and examining the evolving incentives faced by conflict actors over time and analysing the evidence on a continuous basis for policy and programming.

The CRP’s overall expected outcome is: ‘Robust new knowledge and evidence on conflict and the best response to it leading to development of, and investment in, more effective development policies and programmes, by DFID, other donors and partners’.

CRP’s overall intended impact is: ‘a measurably improved responses to conflict, with positive impacts on service delivery, poverty reduction, safety and security, economic development, and the lives of poor people’.

Deadline for proposals: 22 February

Funding available: £6,660,000

For more information, please contact rketenders@mmu.ac.uk

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