Unintended consequences of aid

Successful international interaction and cooperation in negotiating peace processes or reconstructing fragile states is imperative to international stability.

With aid just one of many elements in the international effort, we consider aid and resource flows to countries and regions requiring intervention.

With the increased spotlight on regions currently caught up in, or emerging from, conflict, as well as post-conflict societies, we are researching into the unintended consequences of aid. From humanitarian aid to peacekeeping forces, we consider the long-term impact of these economic and human resources and the often problematic response by the local population to exploitative or corrupt personnel, institutions and systems.

Projects available under this theme

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Peacekeeper-fathered children in Haiti and DRC – a comparative analysis

Lee and Lemay-Hebert 

Although the issue of ‘peace babies’, children fathered by UN peacekeeping personnel and born to local mothers, was raised in 2005 in the Zeid Report, the UN, member states, and indeed academia, have all but ignored the need to understand and address issues concerning women who bear and raise ‘peace babies’.

The majority of ‘peace babies’ live in Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipient countries, and obstacles to their integration into volatile post-conflict societies have been identified as an impediment to sustainable peace (Carpenter, Forgetting Children Born of War, 2010).

The proposed PhD project will explore comparatively the situation of peace babies and their mothers in two significant host countries, Haiti and the DRC, which share the experience of long-term hosting of peace support operations (PSOs), but which otherwise provide different PSO settings (geography, size, provenance of troop contributing countries, political systems, length of stay and mobility of PSOs), allowing meaningful comparison of both the UN and peacekeeping policy perspective as well as the perspectives of the local populations.

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