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.

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Strengthening Africa’s regional forces for peace

Millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa are displaced due to war. FBA is now establishing long-term collaborative relationships with various regional organizations in order to contribute to a peaceful development on the continent. At the forefront is the cooperation with ECOWAS, a community of 15 countries in West Africa, to which FBA offers training for key personnel.

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Responsive and Responsible: Politically Smart Rule of Law Reform in Conflict and Fragile States

There is a long-standing recognition that rule of law is an essential element in achieving sustainable peace and development. In recent years it has gained even more prominence in policy discourse and as a core ingredient of broad-based international commitments, with the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 16 as a clear indicator for where we are headed. Yet, what has been lacking in rule of law reform, or at least it has been only marginally represented, is a political approach to address the underlying causes of problems and obstacles to rule of law.

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Richard Sannerholm, Shane Quinn and Andrea Rabus
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2016

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    Liberia after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    On November 8 2005, Liberians elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to be the first female president of an African country. She made history that day and she oversaw fourteen years of peace in a country that had experienced two decades of devastating armed conflict. In 2011, she was re-elected and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Her fame and legacy has brought widespread international attention onto Liberia.

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  • Posted by Maja Jakobsson

    Strengthening forces for peace through experience-sharing

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    2017-09-21 16:18
  • Posted by Ludmila Ceban

    Technical problems, political fixes: assessing rule of law in local governance in Ukraine

    I take public sector reform challenges in the post-Soviet space quite personally, with many first-hand Kafkaesque experiences from growing up in the ‘east’. So when the opportunity came about to work for the FBA on improving service delivery from a rights-based perspective in Ukraine, I struggled to think of alternatives to the complicated procedures people often have to go through when dealing with public authorities. It made me wonder whether the system can ever truly change.

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