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Welcome to the ‘Ethnic Power Relations and Conflict’ Project

As illustrated by recent spates of political violence, numerous civil wars and uprisings continue to claim thousands of casualties, result in large-scale refugee flows, and cause economic distress. Recent scholarship has pointed to the detrimental impact of economic and political inequalities across ethnic groups on political stability and peace prospects; however, the precise mechanisms leading to political mobilization along ethnic lines remains unclear.

Drawing on the combined knowledge of scholars drawn from seven renowned research institutions across the world, this project sets out to study the linkage between group-level inequality and ethnic conflict in fragile states. At the same time, it aims at increasing knowledge transfer to policy-makers and other key stakeholders through evidence-based policy recommendations and at strengthening research institutions in the partners’ countries.

The project is funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (R4D), a joint initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

News & Events

20.02.2017

Two scientific engagements held in Ghana at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, and at the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Legon

The CDD-Ghana held two scientific engagements for academics, policy-makers and senior students at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, and at the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, on November 23th and December 19th 2016, respectively. Read more 

14.10.2016

Short course on Geographical Information System (GIS) methods applied to research on conflict and ethnicity held at the Copperbelt University, September 2016

Organized jointly by the R4D project and The Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, a two-day course on GIS methods for social science research took place on September 19th-20th, 2016. Read more 

12.10.2016

International Conference on "Ethnic Mobilization in Africa" at the Copperbelt University, September 16th

The Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the Copperbelt University in Zambia held a one-day international conference on September 16th 2016. Read more 

 
 
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