Research Programme Consortium: Livelihoods, Basic Services, and Social Protection

A new program begun in early 2011 will investigate livelihoods, access to basic services, and social protection in fragile and conflict-affected states. Closely linked to earlier work undertaken by the Feinstein International Center in livelihoods and food security, and combining insights from working in protracted conflict settings, this research is part of a multi-institute consortium, the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, led by the Overseas Development Institute in London. The program of research is five years long, funded by the UK Department for International Development. Research will focus on seven conflict-affected countries; the Feinstein Center is leading on two (Uganda and Sudan) and collaborating on several others.

The research will focus on three interlinked thematic areas and one crosscutting area. The first focuses on generating better information about poverty and vulnerability in fragile and conflict-affected situations and an improved understanding of people’s and communities’ own responses to fragility and conflict. The second focuses on state-building, peace-building, and the improvement of well-being, including looking at existing state capacities for policy-making and service delivery. The third is the role of aid agencies and non-governmental actors, including but not limited to humanitarian agencies’ role in livelihoods, social protection, and service delivery and how they relate to the state. The final is considering crosscutting issues—the “building blocks” for livelihoods, basic services, and social protection.