Conflict and recovery

Glemminge Development Research’s involvement with post-conflict/disaster recovery began with the director’s work as a humanitarian practitioner in the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In more recent years we have undertaken evaluations of a number of think tanks involved in conflict analyses, including a review of five South Africa-based think tanks working with peace and security, two evaluations of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, an evaluation of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute and others.

Ian Christoplos drafted the synthesis evaluation for the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition on links between relief, rehabilitation and development after the South Asian tsunami. Glemminge Development Research also led a major study for the ProVention Consortium of the outcomes of recovery and disaster risk reduction efforts in the decade after Hurricane Mitch.

As part of a project with the Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group we undertook research in relation to food security and agricultural rehabilitation in post-conflict and chronic-conflict countries, such as Afghanistan and Bosnia Herzegovina. In addition to our recent volume on food security, other examples of recent synthesis analyses of these topics include the summary chapter in a soon to be released volume on the role of agricultural extension in post-conflict recovery and the conclusion chapter for a forthcoming volume on People, Aid and Institutions in Socio-Economic Recovery.

Recent assignments

2015 Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services Programme

Researcher: Drafting of a summary chapter for a book on agricultural extension in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

2015 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Review of five South Africa based think tanks working with peace and security.

2009  ProVention Consortium

Researcher: Leader of a research programme “Learning from Recovery” analysing long-term recovery processes after Hurricane Mitch.

2005  Overseas Development Institute

Research associate: Research into “The changing roles of agricultural rehabilitation: linking relief, development and support to rural livelihoods” funded by the EC Poverty Reduction Effectiveness Programme, in collaboration with FAO.

Selected publications

Christoplos, Ian and Paul Harvey, 2017 (forthcoming), Adding it all up? Doing development differently in conflict and in confronting disaster risk, in van der Haar, G., Hilhorst, D. and Wejs, B. (eds), People, Aid and Institutions in Socio-Economic Recovery, Routledge

Christoplos, Ian, 2016 (forthcoming), The political economy of an extension service provider on the frontline of conflict, in McNamara P. And Moore, A. (eds) Building Agricultural Extension Capacity in Post Conflict Settings, CABI

Wairimu, Winnie, Ian Christoplos, Dorothea Hillhorst, 2015, From Crisis to Development: The policy and practice of agricultural service provision in northern Uganda, Agriculture and Human Values

Christoplos, Ian, 2012, Agricultural information amid conflict: For whom and for what?, in Alpasan Özerdem and Rebecca Roberts (eds) Challenging Post-conflict Environments: Sustainable Agriculture, Ashgate, Surrey

Christoplos, Ian and Treena Wu, 2011, Linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD) to social protection: Lessons from the early tsunami response in Aceh, in Patrick Daly (ed) From the Ground Up: Perspectives on Post-Tsunami and Post-Conflict Aceh, ISEAS Press

Hillhorst, Dorothea, Ian Christoplos and Gemma van der Haar, 2010, Reconstruction from Below: A new magic bullet or shooting from the hip?, Third World Quarterly, Volume 31(7)

Christoplos, Ian, Dorothea Hillhorst, 2009, Human Security and Capacity in Fragile States, Occasional Paper 01, Disaster Studies, Wageningen University

Longley, Catherine, Ian Christoplos and Tom Slaymaker, 2007, Agricultural Rehabilitation and Social Protection in Countries Emerging from Conflict, in Will Hout (ed), EU Development Policy and Poverty Reduction: Enhancing Effectiveness, Ashgate, Aldershot

Christoplos, Ian, 2007, Between the CAPs: Agricultural Policies, Programming and the Market in Bosnia and Herzegovina, HPG Background Paper, February 2007, ODI, London

Longley, Catherine, Ian Christoplos, Tom Slaymaker and Silvestro Meseka, 2007, Rural Recovery in Fragile States: Agricultural support in countries emerging from conflict, Natural Resource Perspectives 105, February 2007, ODI, London

Christoplos, Ian, 2007, Narratives of Rehabilitation in Afghan Agricultural Interventions, in Adam Pain and Jack Sutton (eds), Reconstructing Agriculture in Afghanistan, ITDG, Rugby

Christoplos, Ian, 2006, Links Between Relief, Rehabilitation and Development in the Tsunami Response, Tsunami Evaluation Coalition, London

Longley, Catherine, Ian Christoplos and Tom Slaymaker, 2006, Agricultural Rehabilitation: Mapping the Linkages Between Humanitarian Relief, Social Protection and Development, HPG Research Report 22, ODI, London

Longley, Catherine, Ian Christoplos and Tom Slaymaker, 2006, Agricultural Rehabilitation: Mapping the Linkages Between Humanitarian Relief, Social Protection and Development, HPG Research Briefing 23, ODI, London

Christoplos, Ian, 2004, Out of Step? Agricultural Policy and Afghan Livelihoods, Issues Paper, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul