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Knowledge for peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies

English title Knowledge for peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies
Applicant Goetschel Laurent
Number 160867
Funding scheme r4d (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development)
Research institution Swiss Peace Foundation - swisspeace
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.07.2016 - 31.12.2020
Approved amount 462'409.00
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All Disciplines (4)

Discipline
Political science
Legal sciences
Sociology
General history (without pre-and early history)

Keywords (9)

Ivory Coast; justice; knowledge; peace; South Sudan; synergies; Côte d'Ivoire; Mozambique; development

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Forschung für Entwicklung und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit haben sich in der Vergangenheit mit der Vielfalt an Wissensformen in diesem Bereich beschäftigt. Fragen wie Forschung, Praxis und Politik der Entwicklung sich gegenseitig beeinflussen, haben hingegen wenig Aufmerksamkeit erhalten. Dieses Projekt will diese Wissenslücken angehen und besser verstehen, damit Entwicklungspolitiken effektiv ausgestaltet werden können.
Lay summary

Dieses Projekt beabsichtigt Praktiken der Friedensförderung zu verbessern. Dazu wird analysiert und hinterfragt, wie Wissen und Forschung zu Frieden und seinen Bestandteile erzeugt werden. Im Detail richtet das Projekt seinen Fokus auf Prozesse der Übergangsjustiz (transitional justice) in der Elfenbeinküste, dem Südsudan und in Mosambik. Diese Prozesse streben die Thematisierung von schweren Menschrechtsverletzungen in der Vergangenheit an, um eine Zukunft eines nachhaltigen Friedens und einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung zu gewährleisten. Wahrheitskommissionen, die strafrechtliche Verfolgung von Tätern und Reparationsprogramme für Opfer gehören zu derartigen Prozessen.

Dieses Projekt wird mit Partnern am Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Abidjan (Elfenbeinküste) und am Centre for Peace and Development der Universität Juba (Südsudan) durchgeführt. Forschende aus der Schweiz und den Partnerländern werden gemeinsam Personen befragen, welche an den Prozessen der Übergangsjustiz (transitional justice) beteiligt oder von ihnen betroffen sind. Politische Entscheidungsträger, welche sich für Prozesse der Übergangsjustiz (transitional justice) einsetzen, werden ebenfalls interviewt. Gestützt darauf werden wir Empfehlungen an Forschende, Praktiker und politische Entscheidungsträger abgeben, um sie in ihrer Zusammenarbeit und bei der Erarbeitung besseren Wissens zu unterstützen. Damit hoffen wir, einen bessere Basis für Prozesse der Übergangsjustiz (transitional justice) zu schaffen - Prozesse, welche es ermöglichen, in den Ländern der Fallstudien und darüber hinaus einen Beitrag zu nachhaltigem Frieden und nachhaltiger Entwicklung leisten.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 20.06.2016

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
King's College London Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
South Sudan Law Society Sudan (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Queen's University Belfast Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Durham University Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Fondation Hirondelle Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Queen's University Belfast Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, IHEID Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Université de Québec à Montréal Canada (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
The Open University Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Center for Development and Environment, University of Bern Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Protracted Conflict Conference Talk given at a conference Mapping a future research agenda and research-policy-practice partnership 02.10.2017 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Goetschel Laurent;
International Conference on Research for Development Talk given at a conference Uses of evidence in contested contexts. Political? Technical? Transformative? 05.09.2017 Bern, Switzerland Goetschel Laurent;
Summer School on Epistemologies of the South Talk given at a conference Contribution to the Discussions 22.06.2017 Curia, Portugal Lühe Ulrike;
European Peace Research Association Talk given at a conference The AU and EU Transitional Justice Policy Discourses in Comparative Perspective 16.03.2017 Schwerte, Germany Lühe Ulrike;
International Studies Association Talk given at a conference The Substance and Process of Knowing in Transitional Justice: A Review 22.02.2017 Baltimore, United States of America Lühe Ulrike; Bernath Julie;
European Consortium for Political Research Talk given at a conference The Pragmatic as Neutral? The Politics of Knowledge Production and Research Partnerships 07.09.2016 Prague, Czech Republic Jones Briony; Goetschel Laurent;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Brown Bag Lunch on Knowledge for Peace Talk 01.05.2017 Lausanne, Switzerland Jones Briony;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Bilateral exchange with Roger Duthie from the International Centre for Transitional Justice 13.09.2017 Geneva, Switzerland
Brown Bag Discussion 27.04.2017 Lausanne, Switzerland
International Dialogue Workshop: Knowledge for Peace 21.03.2017 Bern, Switzerland
Roundtable on Making Knowledge Work for Peace: A Conversation between Practice, Research and Policymaking 20.03.2017 Bern, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Cote d'Ivoire: Getting Past the Labels? Project Website Forum Discussion International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Interview with Academic Bruno Charbonneau Website Podcast International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Interview with Dealing with the Past Program Co-Lead Lisa Ott Website Podcast International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Interview with Fondation Hirondelle Researcher Sascha Mueter Website Podcast International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Interview with Huamn Rights Archivist Trudy Huskamp Peterson Project Website Podcast International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Knowledge for Peace: Bringing Research, Policy and Practice Together The Policy Space International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Voice, Power and Exclusion Project Website Forum Discussion International 2017

Abstract

International Development research and practice have engaged with a variety of ‘knowledge production’ issues but very little work has been done on the way in which the research-policy-practice interaction takes place. This gap has implications for both the research and practice of development: we need to understand the ways in which knowledge is produced about development in order to ask the most relevant critical questions and to design the most effective policies. This gap can best be addressed by the following three questions, which underpin the rationale for our project:1.What is the knowledge base on which development interventions are designed and implemented?2.What are the politics of the production of such knowledge?3.How does knowledge move between research-policy-practice?One area of development work, which is particularly apposite for such discussions, is that of peacebuilding. Of a clear and direct risk to sustainable development and delivery of public goods are conditions such as global insecurity, direct violence, fragile states and protracted conflicts. It is therefore vital that high quality and useable knowledge of peacebuilding is generated and shared between different types of actors in order to ensure that development goals can be met in contexts of fragility and insecurity. Our project thus focuses on peacebuilding, and in particular transitional justice processes in the three cases of Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire and South Sudan. We hypothesise that a study on research-policy-practice synergies in transitional justice will tell us how knowledge is generated, how the boundaries of such knowledge come to be determined, which forms of knowledge are considered to be more legitimate, and how the politics of knowledge production shapes the types of policies which are considered, designed and implemented. Our work is thus underpinned by the hypothesis that improved synergies between research policy and practice will produce better knowledge for development, i.e. knowledge, which is reliable, inclusive and useable.
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