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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Putting Civilians First: NGO Perceptions and Expectations of UN Peacekeeping

NGOs and UN peacekeeping operations increasingly operate in a shared domain. NGOs commonly rely – at least partly – on UN peacekeepers for access and security, but they also express concerns about this. Yet remarkably little is known about what are their main concerns and how widespread they are. Even more importantly, what can be done to address them? This FBA Brief, written by members of one of the FBA’s research working groups, examines the answers to those questions.

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Han Dorussen, Marian de Vooght
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2018

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THE FBA BLOG

  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    Back ‘home’ in Kosovo and remembering old lessons

    The distinct smell of coal dust creeps into your nose as soon as you step off the plane in Pristina, a strange and familiar welcome back greeting for those of us intimate with this small corner of Europe. I felt it again in November 2017 when I came to Kosovo for a few days of visiting old friends and colleagues. For anyone with strong memories of living in a foreign country, you will remember the joys ... Read entire post »

    2017-12-13 11:21
  • Posted by Sabrina Karim

    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.

    On October 10, 2017, Liberians will go to the polls for the ... Read entire post »

    2017-10-06 15:28
  • Posted by Maja Jakobsson

    Strengthening forces for peace through experience-sharing

    The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated as of late, with the highest number of conflict-related civilian casualties in 2016 since 2009. The efforts for a formal and sustainable peace process are insufficient and face numerous obstacles. Violent battles between government and Taliban forces have resulted in new districts falling under Taliban power. Attacks by other groups, loyal to the Islamic State, are increasing in numbers.

    Despite this, there are still strong forces for peace in Afghanistan. ... Read entire post »

    2017-09-21 16:18
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