Conflicts have a 'long tail' – their effects persist in myriad ways long after armed hostilities have ceased. In this blog, Kate Bird argues that the prevalence of sexual- and gender-based violence and its long-term effects in particular pose an urgent question of post-conflict development responses.
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Kate Bird is a Research Associate for ODI's Growth, Poverty and Inequality programme as well as a Senior Advisor for the Development Progress project.
Suda Perera writes on the risk that 'quick fixes' to violent conflict pose to development in the long-term. Taking the example of the Democratic Republic of Congo, she outlines the pitfalls of empowering warring parties and the challenging reality that good elections do not necessarily result in good democracy.
Dr Suda Perera is a research fellow at the Developmental Leadership Program, based at the University of Birmingham. Her current research examines political inclusion and armed groups in the eastern DRC.
We've a packed calendar of events in the first half of 2015, including case study launches, a panel debate on representation in development and more. We'll also be working with a coalition of international partners to convene a two-day conference on the future of development finance in Accra, 17-18 March.