Policy brief

International Humanitarian Law: The Guiding Light for Designing and Implementing Peace Agreements

Authors: Isabel Güiza-Gómez, Jason Quinn, Josefina Echavarría Alvarez

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, January 2022

Responding to crimes committed during armed conflict often presents a challenge for negotiators and peacemakers. This brief outlines how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) can provide a framework during negotiations for peace and can later facilitate implementation of peace agreements. IHL is a set of...

Topics: Civil & Human Rights, Peacebuilding, Policy

Policy brief

How to Integrate Peace Agreements into Public Policy

Authors: Ivonne Zúñiga, Elise Ditta, Patrick McQuestion

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, January 2022

Comprehensive Peace Agreements (CPAs) have been translated into public policy through many mechanisms, including implementation timelines, legislative reforms, new institutions, and peace policy plans. The 2016 Colombian Peace Agreement stipulates all these mechanisms, in addition to including an extensive peace policy document, the Framework...

Topics: Peacebuilding, Policy

Policy brief

Subsistence Rights and Nigeria’s Continuing Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Authors: Diane Desierto, Fidelis Olokunboro

Pulte Institute for Global Development, Keough School of Global Affairs, November 2021

It is a continuing paradox in 2021 that Nigeria is a country of vast natural resources and energy reserves, Africa’s largest oil producer, and a powerful member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), yet poverty and inequality remain extremely rampant. Forty percent...

Topics: Business & Economics, Civil & Human Rights, Governance, Policy

Policy brief

Maximizing Returns on Data Science Investments: The Evolution of Data-Driven Decision-Making in Development

Authors: Michael Cooper, Paul Perrin

Pulte Institute, May 2021

This policy brief was developed to assist decision-making in the field of international development on when and how to best utilize data science methods. It is meant to assist all levels of decision-making (from the field to the boardroom) as well as development actors...

Topics: Business & Economics

Policy brief

The Futures of Work in South Bend in 2035: A Participatory Foresight Study

Authors: Alessandro Fergnani, Swapnil Motghare

Pulte Institute, August 2020

The majority of studies on the future of work are predictive in nature, often taking a bird’s-eye view that overlooks the importance of local context. This brief presents six scenarios of the futures of work in South Bend that emphasize stress-point events and phenomena...

Topics: Business & Economics, Culture & Society

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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