The IRGR is happy to welcome it’s newest member Richard Bowd to the team! Check out Bowd’s profile on the site.
Over the last few months the IRGR has been active in presenting with key DDR stakeholders on the future of reintegration programming.
First, this summer the IRGR member Randolph Rhea presented to the IDDRTG on state of the art in research outputs in the field of reintegration. Key actors present included UNDP and Folke Bernadotte Academy. The ensuing discussion focused on the space for scholar – practitioner cooperation to shape the future of knowledge and training on diverse reintegration contexts.
Next, this Autumn IRGR member Randolph Rhea presented to the World Bank’s TDRP at their annual trust fund committee conference. Rhea presented key findings from his comparative study of ex-combatant reintegration processes in the Great Lakes Region which was published by the TDRP this summer.
The study explores the reintegration processes that ex-combatants, as well as the communities that receive them, go through in the transition from being soldiers to being civilians across the Great Lakes region (GLR) of Africa (Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, RoC, and Burundi). The study uses a cross-country comparative approach capitalizing on survey data collected between 2010 and 2012 from nearly 10,000 ex-combatants and community members across the GLR. This is the first time that such a large sample of data on ex-combatants from across multiple countries has been systematically compared and analyzed, thus the study represents the cutting edge of empirically driven quantitative research on the reintegration processes of ex-combatants.