SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Drugs and (dis)order: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war

German Espejo, Deputy Colombian Ambassador to Great Britain; Bianca Jinga, Head, Governance Security and Poverty Pillar, DFID; Jonathan Goodhand, Professor in Conflict and Development Studies, SOAS

Date: 23 March 2018Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 23 March 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SALT

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

Please join researchers in three of the world’s largest drug-producing countries – Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar – as part of our launch event for a new GCRF project “Drugs and (dis)order: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war.”

Wars on drugs have been declared by leaders across countries who are concerned about the impacts of illicit drugs on security, development and health. However, a new approach is needed which is defined by the drug producing countries themselves, and which recognises what the trade-offs are and who bears the costs of drug policies. This approach must be based on evidence of what works and what doesn’t and the aim of the GCRF project is to generate this evidence.

The project is a research consortium led by SOAS with members from the UK (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London School of Economics (LSE), Christian Aid, ALCIS and PositiveNegatives), Afghanistan (Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the Organisation for Sustainable Development Research (OSDR)), Colombia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia and the Research Centre on Drugs and Security, Universidad de los Andes) and Myanmar (Kachinland Research Centre (KRC) and the Shan Herald Agency for News). Its objective is to generate a new evidence base and build the capacity of researchers in drug affected countries so that polices can better address the challenge of transforming illicit economies.

The speakers at this event will provide some background to the wider international context and the project itself. This will be followed by a panel discussion between researchers from Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar. Afterwards, there will be an informal drinks reception which will include an exhibition of the types of materials and data the project aims to generate.

The event is free to attend and no registration is required.