Impact Assessment of UN Peacebuilding Support in Central Africa

The United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in Bangui, Central African Republic, operates under a mandate from the UN Security Council to help consolidate peace and national reconciliation, strengthen democratic institutions to promote the rule of law, and mobilize international political support and resources for national reconstruction and economic recovery. It also promotes public awareness of human rights and the strengthening of civil society capacity.

This project asks two questions. Has the presence of a Peacebuilding Support Office in Central African Republic helped reduce instability in that country? Does the absence of such an office in Chad negatively affect development in that country?

The goal is to compare two countries that have experienced conflict, one with and one without a United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Support Office, and determine the relative contribution such an office makes to the countries' stability.

The proposed work involves desk research as well as in-person interviews in New York, Bangui, and Ndjamena, Chad. Practical findings will be shared with the Peacebuilding Support Office as well as practitioners throughout Africa. The proponents also intend to make an academic contribution through a conference presentation and journal publication.

Project ID

107256

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Thursday, November 1, 2012

End Date

Friday, November 1, 2013

Duration

12 months

IDRC Officer

Currie-Alder, Bruce

Total funding

CA$ 81,300

Countries

Chad, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central African Republic

Project Leader

Jocelyn Coulon

Institution

Université de Montréal

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.umontreal.ca