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Aiding Peace? Donor Behavior in Conflict-Affected Countries
Research Question:

Do donors respond to the ebbs and flows of a peace process or is their behavior motivated by other factors that are exogenous to events within the conflict-torn country?

This project investigates the responsiveness of international donors to peace processes. A peace process begins when combatants meet to negotiate an accord, often with the assistance of third-party mediation, and ends when war re-emerges or a final agreement is reached and implemented. The international relations and policy literatures on peacebuilding argue that donors must design their international aid programs to correspond to the local reality. If aid is not relevant to the local context, then it is not likely to alter the causes of conflict and may, in fact, undermine the peace process. For donors to influence the peace process they have to anticipate and respond to its key turning points. Donor countries' power to act might be hindered because of incompatible timeframes and priorities imposed by their headquarters. The project employs an innovative multi-method research design to answer these questions. It will compare the behavior of different types of donors in three relatively contemporaneous peace processes: Liberia, Nepal, and Sudan. The research result will not only provide a theoretical framework to help academics and policymakers classify the behavior of different donors but bring to light policy recommendations to improve their impact on war-to-peace transitions.

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Project Members

Name Role Department/Institute Institution
Susanna Campbell Coordinator Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding Institut de hautes Etudes internationales et du Développement - Graduate Institute Geneva
Jean-Louis Arcand Co-Coordinator International Economics Institut de hautes Etudes internationales et du Développement - Graduate Institute Geneva
Michael Findley Principal Member Department of Government The University of Texas at Austin
Rohan Gudibande Principal Member Faculty of Economics Institut de hautes Etudes internationales et du Développement - Graduate Institute Geneva
Josiah Marineau Principal Member Political Science The University of Texas at Austin
Anca Paducel Principal Member Political Science Institut de hautes Etudes internationales et du Développement - Graduate Institute Geneva
Brad Parks Associated Member AidData - Center for Development Policy
Gabriele Spilker Associated Member Center for Comparative and International Studies Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Judith Vorrath Associated Member Organized Crime: Challenges for Development Cooperation in Fragile States German Institute for International and Security Affairs - SWP
Achim Wennmann Associated Member Geneva Peacebuilding Platform