Peace and Development : Democratization, Poverty Reduction and Risk Mitigation in Fragile and Post Conflict States

Both the social science literature and policymakers tend to take for granted that poverty reduction, risk mitigation and democratization are mutually reinforcing. This basic assumption was first challenged almost half a century ago (Huntington 1968), but it has yet to be tested in a large-scale comparative study. This grant will allow the McGill Centre for Developing-Area Studies (CDAS) to undertake such a study. Teams made up of researchers from both North and South will complete eight case studies in Bosnia, Colombia, Iraq, Lebanon, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Sudan, respectively. The idea is to provide a policy-relevant understanding of the relationship between key development goals, including poverty reduction, risk mitigation and participatory governance.

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Start Date

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

End Date

Saturday, January 14, 2012


24 months

IDRC Officer

Gottsbacher, Markus

Total funding

CA$ 229,730


Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe, Colombia, South America, Iraq, Middle East, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, North and Central America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Philip Oxhorn


Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning/McGill University

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