Investing in preventative, precautionary and pre-allocated resources - what we call resilience...
The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University (ConDev) seeks to improve the effectiveness of development programs and policies for conflict-affected and fragile countries through multidisciplinary research and education. The Center uses science and technology to reduce armed conflict, sustain families and communities during conflict, and assist states to rapidly recover from conflict.
In 2010, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development was established at Texas A&M University to support teaching, research, and service for the advancement of the welfare of communities enduring conflict or emerging from conflict. In November 2011, Texas A&M University was selected as a member of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Higher Education Solutions Network (USAID/HESN).
Based upon an agreement with USAID and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, research is focused largely on mitigating conflict related to four research questions:
- Food Security: Which interventions are required to build upon local conflict coping strategies to incentivize food security and promote resilience?
- Natural Resources: How can natural resource management be used as a peace-building approach?
- Youth Populations: What investments are required to engage conflict-vulnerable youth populations through workforce development linked to jobs?
- Local Institutions: How do legitimate local institutions redirect elite competition and promote cooperation dynamics in conflict-prone regions?