The behavioural challenges of post-conflict life

27 August 2020 14:00 - 15:15 GMT +1 (BST)
Public event
Streamed live online

Chair

Stephanie Buell @SYBuell – Policy and Practice Advisor, Politics and Governance, ODI

Speakers

Mareike Schomerus @mschomerus – Vice President, Busara Center, and Research Director, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

Benjamin Kumpf @bkumpf – Head of Innovation, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Kennedy Tumutegyereize – Programme Director, East and Central Africa, Conciliation Resources

Teddy Atim @atimapunyo – Visiting Fellow, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University, and Researcher, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

Description

It is often assumed that people’s lives will automatically improve after violent conflict. However, many people who have experienced conflict continue to experience fluctuating livelihoods and a sense of loss and neglect. Perceptions that post-conflict life has failed to live up to its promise are quite common and create behavioural patterns that make positive experiences of recovery even more difficult to achieve.

Described as the ‘mental landscape of post-conflict recovery’, these perceptions directly influence behaviour and with that post-conflict life. Drawing on new behavioural research by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium on post-conflict life in northern Uganda, this webinar explores people’s experience of post-conflict lives, their behaviour, the influence conflict can continue to have on perceptions and behaviours, and how applying a behavioural lens can improve policy and programming in conflict-affected states or other situations of fragility, for example the current pandemic.