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FRIMUF-Miljø- og utviklingsforskning

Beyond the knowledge-action gap: Research as an intervention into Sri Lanka's post-crisis reconstruction

Tildelt: kr 6,1 mill.

The study seeks to develop knowledge that contributes to poverty reduction and recovery of post-war/post-tsunami Sri Lanka and asks: * What knowledge is produced by humanitarian and development practitioners in a context of crisis? * What constitutes rele vant research knowledge in the given situation of crisis and how can it be made available to practitioners in the process of reconstruction? * Based on the findings to the above questions, what constitute better reconstruction practices in conflict areas and in non-conflict areas? * What is the role of poverty reduction in peace building? Analytically, two main nexuses will be probed: 1) Development-Policy-Praxis, will be investigated by geographers and development specialists with knowledge of poor, cri sis-ridden communities, including Sri Lanka. Critical interfaces between these dimensions will be identified to analyse the roles and impact of various actors in different localities. Crucial to the understanding of this nexus will be to identify how peop le cope during and after crisis, how they organise and build capacity, and how they strategise with funding agencies. It will also work with the policy process in reconstruction and how these processes interact with different groups in civil society. 2) P overty-Conflict-Peace, will be investigated by architects/planners, peace/conflict researchers and development specialists. Pro-poor growth is about the ability to transform the nature of the economy to achieve growth, but it is also about protecting the vulnerable/marginalised within a decentralised and democratic environment (good governance). Processes of marginalisation and multiple deprivations must be understood so that effective and politically feasible policies can be created to reverse them. The relationships between poverty and conflict during peace-building and post-crisis recovery will be critically analysed to inform guidelines for practical interventions and policy recommendations.


FRIMUF-Miljø- og utviklingsforskning