Folke Bernadotte Academy: The Democratic Republic of Congo

The objective of this new assignment is to map 5 pilot communities of return of ex-combatants and other conflict affected groups (such as returning IDPs, youth at risk etc.) in Eastern DRC. The mapping exercise will identify factors that can facilitate or hinder the reintegration of the different sub-groups of former combatants (i.e. men and female former combatants, adults’ female associated with armed groups as well as boys and girls associated with armed forces and groups).  The mapping will identify entry points to facilitate successful reintegration, and will highlight the contextual factors that can facilitate but also challenge this. This contract is the first phase of a likely three years contract to pilot Community Based Reintegration and Security (CBRS) in DRC.

International Alert: The Democratic Republic of Congo

The objective of the assignment is to conduct a final evaluation of International Alert’s Tushiriki Wote project. The evaluation team will assess the impact of the project, as well as its contribution to strengthening the civic, political and economic empowerment of women in Eastern DRC and the wider Great Lakes region.

War Child: Central African Republic

TI is currently contracted to assess War Child UK’s approach to DDR for children in the Central African Republic. For this comprehensive study, TI is evaluating the War Child’s achievements and approach to different aspects to child DDR, the linkages to CVR and adult DDR and providing a comparative analysis between the War Child approach and other child DDR approaches worldwide. The objective in learning and improving their programmes.

Peace Nexus Foundation: Switzerland

Drafted a section on youth and economy for a practice note on youth and peacebuilding. The section presents some examples of effective interventions in the field of youth-led economic strengthening, combining training and work with access to formal education and early engagement of youth at risk in order to stabilise communities.

UNDP: Nepal

Provided a senior advisor to support the Resident Coordinator in the formulation and oversight of the “UN Support to Nepal’s Transition” Strategy. Building on the outputs of earlier RC Support missions, TI finalised the Transition Strategy, facilitated internal meetings and workshops, supported UNDP’s structural alignment to the strategy, co-located UNDP and RCO field offices and implemented the Donor Protocol.

UNICEF: South Sudan

Assisted the UNICEF South Sudan Country Office to develop evidence-informed programmatic strategies for addressing children’s and adolescents’ involvement in armed violence and outlined technical support in monitoring the efficacy of the reintegration assistance programme for children released from armed groups.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

A broad literature research and study on inclusive growth in fragile states and contexts. The paper provided new insights and indicators of measures that are of particular importance in fragile areas.

National Defence Institute of Portugal

A chapter on Gender DDR and masculinities for the publication of an international seminar on Gender based Violence in Armed Conflict

Research among youth in Liberia and Sierra Leone, leading to the published article in Accord 23 - Consolidating peace

Liberia and Sierra Leone, article on page 55: "Work not war: Youth transformation in Liberia & Sierra Leone" by Ibrahim Bangura and Irma Specht,  Conciliation Resources.

United National Office for West Africa (UNOWA)

Study for the UN to assess the link between youth unemployment and conflict in seven West African countries, including a practical, regional approach to youth unemployment in West Africa.

Norwegian Defence International Centre (NODEFIC)

Prepared and published a manual on socio-economic profiling and opportunity mapping in preparation for DDR.


TI contributed to the codification of best practices in migration and development by conducting research among organisations supported within the EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI). The lessons learned will be condensed into a handbook for small-scale practitioners in migration and development.

Comic Relief (UK)

TI conducted a literature review for Comic Relief, including an overview of international lessons learnt, an impact assessment of Comic Relief funded projects and recommendations to improve its interventions, definition and approach.


Provided several rounds of inputs to the revision of a module on socio-economic reintegration of the Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS).

Transition International, Nepal: Research on potential for reintegration of female combatants in Nepal. Research was conducted in cantonment sites and communities.

International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), New York

A chapter on DDR, Transitional Justice and the Reintegration of Former Child Combatants in the book: Anna Cutter Patel, Pablo de Greiff & Lars Waldorf (2009). Disarming the past. Transitional Justice and Ex-Combatants. New York : Social Science Research Council.

ILO-InFocus Programme on Crisis response and Reconstruction

Drafted a guide on the socio-economic reintegration of ex-combatants.

ILO-InFocus Programme on Crisis response and Reconstruction (ILO IFP/CRISIS)

Provided input to the UN's interagency DDR standards (IDDRS), particularly on socio-economic reintegration and drafting of the Youth Module.

United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA)

Conducted a study on youth unemployment in West Africa to devise a practical and concerted regional approach to the issue.

Clingendael Conflict Research Unit (CRU)

Inputs into the policy paper “Gender and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration”, a document on the building blocks for gender issues and DDR.

UNDP and The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC):

Strategic overview of armed violence data collection and analysis mechanisms (in South Eastern Europe). The report identified the mechanisms that presently exist in the countries and territories for gathering data on armed violence; examined whether they currently make a coherent contribution to policies and projects; and provided analysis of the requirements for improving present systems to increase their potential role in informing evidence-based policies, initiatives and operations.

Safer world

Supplied the lead researcher for the project: ‘Pilot small arms and light weapons survey: Hambantota District, Sri Lanka’, at the request of the Government of Sri Lanka. The project was funded by the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs/UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs.

ILO /United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) /UNDP

Developed and managed an in-depth qualitative research programme on girl-combatants in Liberia. This research resulted in the publication “Red shoes: experiences of girl-combatants in Liberia”.

UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)

Drafting of the document “Children and Armed Conflict: The Response by the EU”. Background paper Humanitarian Perspectives to Small Arms and Explosive Remnants of War for the UNIDIR project: ‘European Action on Small Arms, Light Weapons and Explosive Remnants of War’.