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Anticipating the impact of armed conflict on human development

Project description

A closer look at violence exposure

A multidisciplinary team of scholars from economics, epidemiology, political science and conflict research will study the impacts of armed conflict. By studying the issue from different viewpoints, it will be possible to model exposure to conflict events. This is the goal of the ERC-funded ANTICIPATE project, which will assess the exposure to armed conflict in terms of the extent to which local populations are affected by this likely violence. The project will shed light on how overt violence is transmitted to locations far from the violence itself and over time. It will identify conditions that make communities, marginalised groups, and women particularly vulnerable to the effects, and study how conflict increases their vulnerability to other shocks such as natural disasters.

Objective

Armed conflict is human development in reverse. The full scale of conflicts’ impacts remains unknown, however, and fragmentation of research into multiple academic fields limits our understanding. This multidisciplinary project brings together scholars from economics, epidemiology, political science, and conflict research to study the impacts in much more detail and comprehensiveness than earlier studies. It takes a risk analysis perspective, assessing the expected impact as a function of hazard, exposure, and vulnerability, and consider effects at both the macro and micro level, on economies, health, and political institutions. It will model exposure to conflict events by accounting for how effects of observed, overt violence are transmitted to locations far from the violence itself and over time, identify conditions that make local communities, marginalized groups, and women particularly vulnerable to the effects, and study how conflict increases their vulnerability to other shocks such as natural disasters. The objective of the project is to model hazard as a probability distribution over the predicted number of direct deaths from violence in locations across the world, exposure as a model for how local populations will be affected by this likely violence, and vulnerability how exposure is translated into adverse human development impact for these populations. The results will be coordinated in the form of a monthly updated early-warning system, expanding the well-established ViEWS model, to also alert observers to particularly detrimental occurrences of violence. Throughout, the project will study how the various impacts and vulnerabilities identified work to reinforce each other, and formulate policy recommendations for parties seeking to reduce the impact on human development.

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Host institution

INSTITUTT FOR FREDSFORSKNING
Net EU contribution
€ 1 986 655,00
Address
HAUSMANNS GATE 3
0186 Oslo
Norway

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 1 986 655,00

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