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April 13, 2016

OEF and University of San Diego Host Tech Event Business, Human Security

Intersections, Political Conflict

How can we use innovative technology and methodology to better understand and respond to global conflict?

OEF has partnered with the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies for this event that brings peace and security researchers, technologists, funders, and policymakers together in a marketplace of ideas.​ Partners include Alliance for Peacebuilding, PeaceTech ... more

Social Network Analysis

April 05, 2016

Why & How You Should Be Analyzing Your Networks

Political Conflict

Any global development strategy benefits from collaboration, especially when dealing with issues of considerable complexity and scale. In this post, we discuss social network analysis (SNA) - a useful and adaptable research and evaluation method that can be used by non-profit organizations to assess the degree of cooperation and... more

Ebola Prevention Sierra Leone

March 08, 2016

In the Wake of Ebola, Sierra Leone Seeks to Renew Holistic Push for Peace and Gender Equality

Gender & Security, Good Governance, Political Conflict

Sierra Leone launched its National Action Plan (SiLNAP) for advancing women’s participation in decision-making around peace and security in 2010, following a comprehensive assessment that mapped existing national, provincial, and local level initiatives. Implementation of the SiLNAP ... more

Syrian Refugees

December 22, 2015

The True Impact of War on Development

Political Conflict

To determine the true impact of war on sustainable development, we need data. Even limited amounts of good data have provided surprisingly useful policy insights. But many governments are reluctant to report on violent conflict within their countries.

Women Peace and Security in Serbia

December 17, 2015

The Investigation Continues – Serbia’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and The Relationship Between Civil Society and The State

Gender & Security, Good Governance, Political Conflict

This is the second in our series focusing on the impact of National Action Plans for women, peace, and security.

China and the future of UN peacekeeping

December 15, 2015

Is China Changing the Future of UN Peacekeeping?

Good Governance, Political Conflict

Beyond China's massive contribution to UN peacekeeping troops and the global peacekeeping budget, how will their increased role affect the nature of peacekeeping itself?

waste management in Somalia

December 10, 2015

In Somalia, Lack of Government Isn't Always Lack of Governance

Good Governance

Absence of government doesn't necessarily mean absence of public goods, or systems that resolve collective needs and issues. In Somalia, Somali society has been able to fill some gaps left by the absence of state institutions.

Projections on SDGs

December 09, 2015

Prioritizing Peace: In Defense of SDG 16

Good Governance, Political Conflict

Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peaceful and inclusive socieites has drawn some criticism, but here's why many of those concerns are overstated.