GSDRC provides applied knowledge services on demand and online. Our expertise is in issues of governance, social development, humanitarian response and conflict. Our specialist research team supports a range of international development agencies, synthesising the latest evidence and expert thinking to inform policy and practice.
How can international law help in delivering humanitarian assistance and achieving civilian protection? This Topic Guide for policymakers and practitioners unpacks the key provisions and implications for humanitarian action of the relevant branches of international law. It also examines policy and implementation challenges, and is the first of the GSDRC's Topic Guides to have a more flexible, modular structure for greater ease of use. We welcome your feedback.
When Disasters and Conflicts Collide: Improving Links Between Disaster Resilience and Conflict Prevention
Author: Katie Harris, David Keen and Tom Mitchell (2013)
Size: 68 pages (9.4 MB)
This report finds that the evidence base for the 'natural' disasters-conflict interface is fragmented and contested. This suggests that the complexity of conflict and disaster dynamics can only be understood when grounded in specific contexts. Examples are therefore provided of disaster risk reduction in Afghanistan, resilience building in the Sahel region, community based risk reduction in Karamoja and national risk reduction in Nepal. Among the report's conclusions are that disaster risk management and peacebuilding and statebuilding frameworks should be integrated more systematically.
What Inequality Means for Children: Evidence from Young Lives
Author: Martin Woodhead, Paul Dornan and Helen Murray (2013)
Size: 68 pages (1.8 MB)
This paper draws together research from across the Young Lives longitudinal study of child poverty to answer questions about how inequality shapes children’s development. Overall, it finds clear evidence that children from the poorest households are most vulnerable and quickly fall behind their peers, in terms of equality of opportunity as well as outcomes. It argues that since inequalities are multidimensional, so too must be the response: equitable growth policies, education and health services, underpinned by effective social protection, all have a role to play.