Policy report

Principles and Methodologies for Strategic Monitoring in Fragile States

Authors: Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Madhav Joshi, Laurie Nathan, Ambassador (ret.) Susan D. Page, Paul Perrin, Tom Purekal, Jason Quinn, Rachel Sweet

Keough School of Global Affairs, June 2020

The Global Fragility Act of 2019 (GFA) is the first United States government-wide initiative to prevent and reduce violent conflict in fragile countries and regions. Authored and passed through Congress with strong bipartisan support, the GFA mandates an unprecedented interagency process to identify root...

Topics: Peacebuilding, Policy

Working paper

Effects of Us Foreign Assistance on Democracy Building, 1990–2014: An Update

Authors: Steven E Finkel, Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, Michael Neureiter, Chris A. Belasco

Kellogg Institute, June 2020

This paper updates our earlier work on the impact of US foreign assistance on democratic outcomes in recipient countries using newly available USAID Foreign Aid Explorer data covering the 2001–2014 period, as well as new outcome measures derived from Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) data....

Topics: Governance, Policy

Working paper

Why Do People Migrate Irregularly? Evidence from a Lab-in-the-Field Experiment in West Africa

Authors: Tijan L. Bah, Catia Batista

Kellogg Institute, June 2020

Irregular migration to Europe by sea, though risky, remains one of the most popular migration options for many sub-Saharan Africans. This study examines the determinants of irregular migration from West Africa to Europe. We implemented an incentivized lab-in-thefield experiment in rural Gambia, the country...

Topics: Business & Economics, Migration

Working paper

Beyond a Single Model: Explaining Differences in Inequality within Latin America

Author: Diego Sánchez-Ancochea

Kellogg Institute, May 2020

This paper studies the determinants of income inequality in Latin America over the long run, comparing them with explanations of why the whole region is unequal. I first show how land inequality can account for differences between Latin America and other parts of the...

Topics: Civil & Human Rights

Working paper

Recognition and Guarantees for the Protection and Participation of Ethnic Peoples in Peacebuilding: Special Report on the Monitoring of the Ethnic Perspective in the Implementation of the Colombian Final Peace Accord

Author: Barometer Initiative, Peace Accords Matrix at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Kroc Institute, May 2020

Colombia’s Final Peace Accord is one of the most complex and innovative comprehensive peace agreements in history. One explanation for its pioneering character is the inclusion of an Ethnic Chapter, which contains essential considerations on the historical, structural, and disproportionate victimization that ethnic peoples...

Topics: Peacebuilding

Policy brief

Preparing for Climate Change in the Midwest and Great Lakes Region: A Primer for Citizens and Community Leaders

Authors: Craig A. Hart, Alan Hamlet, Tom Purekal

Pulte Institute, April 2020

Climate change has been slow to enter the public dialogue in the Midwest, but this is changing as local residents are experiencing more volatile weather, extreme temperatures, floods, changing growing seasons, and fewer snow days. The past several decades have witnessed increasingly intense weather...

Topics: Sustainability

Policy brief

Addressing the Sex and Gender-Based Violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador Fueling the US Border Crisis: Impunity, and Violence Against Women and Girls

Authors: Cory Smith, Tom Hare

Pulte Institute, April 2020

Pervasive sexual violence against women and girls in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador (including rape, domestic and sexual servitude, sexual assault, forced disappearances, human trafficking, and even murder) perpetrated by gangs, narco-traffickers, human traffickers, and a machismo culture fueled by corruption and impunity has...

Topics: Gender, Peacebuilding


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