Sustainable Development Policy Institute Immersion Program on Peace, Violence and Development

Although issues of peace, violence and development constitute a serious challenge in Pakistan, very little attention has been paid to these subjects as focal points for policymaking. Moreover, university students in the public sector education system are not exposed to academic culture, research standards and methodologies that are common in other parts of the world. This results in graduates who are ill equipped to inform decision-making for peaceful, sustainable development.

This grant will allow the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) to train a core pool of graduates and young professionals to undertake social science research in Pakistan and South Asia. The program will include both fieldwork and theoretical knowledge, and will provide the participants with the analytical skills to bridge research and policy. The curriculum will be relevant to South Asia, where direct and structural violence intersect with development to produce and reproduce inequality. By making these issues the central focus of the proposed program, SDPI hopes to call attention to the endemic links between structural violence, direct violence, identity formation and social relations.

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Start Date

Thursday, October 18, 2007

End Date

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


12 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 149,200


Pakistan, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Dr. Saba Gul Khattak


Sustainable Development Policy Institute

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