Policy, Research and Development

The Swedish government has provided the FBA with a mandate to promote and conduct research, policy analysis and method development in the field of peace-building, state-building and the effective implementation of international peace operations.

After a long downward trend war and armed conflict in the world is again climbing. Numbers of casualties in areas of struggle are simultaneously increasing and half of the world’s poor live in conflict states. This represents a major test for all national and international actors working to create peace and to bring about development. There is a great need for knowledge on the relationship between conflict and development, and for knowledge on the appropriate methods and tools to apply for the creation of efficient peacekeeping missions.

In order to meet existing needs, FBA conducts research on international peace-building.

FBA also supports relevant research carried out at institutions worldwide, through the international research working groups set up by the agency. The working groups are composed of eminent scholars focused on five central areas of knowledge: peace operations, conflict prevention, rule of law, security sector reform, and women, peace and security. FBA organizes annual workshops for the members of the working groups, which enables them to discuss their studies, methods and results. The members can also apply for research grants from the FBA.

The results from FBA’s research and research-promoting enterprises are used in the activities of the agency, such as courses and international projects. FBA strives for an evidence-based approach to all its work, in other words to build upon existing knowledge and research while planning and implementing projects.

The agency also promotes dialogue and experience-sharing between researchers, practitioners and decision-makers. FBA arranges yearly international events where researchers and practitioners can meet.


The OSCE draws attention to violence against women in Ukraine

Violence towards women is widespread in Ukraine. Every year, gender-based violence is estimated to cause three times as many deaths as the armed conflict going on in the eastern part of the country since 2014. It is crucial for the OSCE to have a gender perspective in its operations.

2018-03-07 10:55

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Una perspectiva de género en la construcción de la paz

This training manual has been developed to provide an introduction in Spanish to the policy framework on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and its follow-up resolutions on women, peace and security.

Gabriela Elroy



  • Posted by Robert Hall

    Russian presidential elections: observing democratic process in the world’s largest country

    Few people think about the vast expanse of the Russian Federation. Canada, the world’s second largest country, is not even half the size of the Russian Federation. Just imagine the logistics of running a country with an 11 hour difference between provinces like Kaliningrad and Kamchatka. Imagine monitoring the quality of the democratic process across such an enormous area with just 500 observers. Imagine that the country, like Sweden, is located in the cold wintry North ... Read entire post »

    2018-03-13 11:11
  • Posted by Carl Fredrik Birkoff

    The role of women in violent extremism in Kenya

    As I wrote in a previous article at the FBA blog, the impact and cost of insecurity resulting from violent extremism is enormous and is a risk to Kenya’s development agenda. The radicalisation and violent extremist phenomena are disproportionately impacting youth and women from marginalised areas. There is growing global recognition that women play multiple roles both within violent extremist organisations and in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). In a recent study of 15 countries, ... Read entire post »

    2018-02-28 10:30
  • Posted by Lotta Ekvall

    OSCE – the unknown security organization

    What is the OSCE? That is one of the most frequent questions I am asked when I tell people that I am on secondment from the FBA to the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria, where I work as Gender Adviser.

    OSCE, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, was established in 1973. Today the OSCE has 57 member states, in Europe but also in North America and North and Central Asia. The organization addresses a wide ... Read entire post »

    2018-02-21 10:06

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