Thematic Workshops

International Research Conference on the Global Economic Costs of Conflict DIW Berlin, 19-21 January 2011.
The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), the German Foundation  for Peace Research (DSF) and the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) are  organizing an international research conference on the costs of conflict and  related themes.The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers and to compare  theoretical, empirical and methodological research focusing on the costs and  consequences of violent conflict.

Gender and Conflict Research Workshop World Bank, Washington, D.C., 10 June 2010.
This workshop will present analytical research work commissioned by The World  Bank on gender and conflict. The work was carried out by a group of HiCN  researchers and will be used as background research for the two forthcoming World  Development Reports on Security and Conflict and on Gender.Women and men experience violent conflict differently, as actors, perpetrators  and victims. Empirical analysis of the gender-differential is necessary to gain  recognition of and muster support for a gendered approach in programs targeted  at populations in conflict areas. Gender inequalities which existed before a  conflict can be aggravated because of the conflict, but they can also radically  alter. Under the direction of Philip Verwimp, six country case studies address  the same set of questions and use similar methods.

The Behavioural and Cultural Foundations and Consequences of Violence Institute of Social Sciences (ICS), Lisbon, Portugal, 7-8 June 2010.
The Institute of Social Sciences (ICS, Lisbon) and the Households in Conflict  Network are organizing an international research workshop on the behavioural  foundations and consequences of violence. The purpose of this workshop is to  bring together researchers from different social science disciplines and  countries and to compare current theoretical, empirical and methodological  research perspectives. Violence and conflict are both fundamental options for  human social interactions, and are omnipresent in any society at many levels of analysis. It is, therefore, surprising that the social sciences have developed  such different degrees of sophistication in measuring and accounting for  violence between people, and there are a range of analytical traditions in  explaining violence.
For that reason, the ICS in Lisbon and HiCN will organize an international  research workshop in which scholars from many disciplines and at all levels of  seniority can present recent work that is related to the theoretical, empirical  and methodological analysis of the behavioural and cultural foundations and  consequences of violence.

Entrepreneurship and Conflict
INCORE, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, 20-21 March 2009.
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research  (UNU-WIDER), the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) and the International  Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) will co-host a two-day thematic workshop  on the relationship between  entrepreneurship and violent conflict.  Entrepreneurs are often adversely affected by violent conflict such as civil  war. At the same time though entrepreneurs may contribute to or even benefit  from violent conflict. Therefore, the purpose of this workshop is to deliberate  on the nature of entrepreneurship and conflict, exploring how entrepreneurship  should be promoted for the establishment and maintenance of peace, security, and development.

Poverty Reduction in Conflict and Fragile States: Perspectives from a Household Level
Washington D.C., United States, 8-9 November 2006.
USAID’s Office of Poverty Reduction (PR), the Households in Conflict Network  (HiCN) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) will co-sponsor a two-day international conference on the special challenge of  poverty reduction in conflict and fragile states. Examining the relationship  between conflict and state fragility at the household level provides an  opportunity to understand how these factors affect household behaviour, welfare  and poverty. This, in turn, is important for shaping successful programmatic  and policy responses.

Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association
HiCN Co-Directors, Tilman Brück, Patricia Justino and Philip Verwimp, attended the Annual Meeting of the American  Economic Association in Philadelphia on 7-9 January 2005. At the session,  ”Poverty, Inequality and Conflict”, presided by Frances Stewart of  the University of Oxford, Tilman presented his paper ‘The Welfare Effects of Farm Household Activity Choices in Post-War  Mozambique’, Philip presented his paper ‘An Economic Profle of Genocide. Micro-level Evidence   from Rwanda’, Patricia presented her paper ‘Redistribution and Civil Unrest’ and  Frances Stewart presented her paper ‘Policies towards Horizontal Inequalities in  Post-Conflict Reconstruction’. These stimulated lively discussions with over 50 people attending. Discussants of the session were  Klaus Deininger of the World Bank and Hartmut Lehmann of Bologna University.

Making Peace Work, UNU-WIDER Conference
On 4-5 June 2004 in Helsinki, the World Institute for Development  Economics Research (WIDER) held a conference, ‘Making Peace Work’, to increase  the focus of economists on conflict issues, and to facilitate interaction  between economists and other social scientists working on conflict and  post-conflict reconstruction. HiCN Co-Directors, Tilman Brück, Patricia  Justino and Philip Verwimp, and HiCN Affiliates, Tony Addison, S.  Mansoob Murshed and Pablo Querubin, presented papers at the conference.