ACLED Releases February 2014 Conflict Trends Report

The February 2014 issue of Conflict Trends discusses conflict dynamics in Central African Republic, Kenya, Mozambique, and South Sudan, and provides an overview of the recently launched Version 4 dataset through the lens of conflict-related fatalities across the continent.

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CCAPS Research Cited in Recent Foreign Policy Article

In a recent article in Foreign Policy, editor Ty McCormick cited CCAPS research as he described how corruption among Malawi’s elite was affecting international aid donations and decreasing the country’s ability to adapt to continuing climate change. Since 2012, CCAPS and Aiddata have collected data in collaboration with the Government of Malawi to map all active development aid projects in Malawi.

ACLED 4.0 Launched

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Dataset (ACLED) team recently released Version 4 of the ACLED dataset, which covers political violence in Africa from January 1997 – December 2013. Files for all countries are composed of ACLED data indicating the day of the event, actors involved, type of activity, location, fatalities, source, and notes for individual politically violent events. 

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ACLED Releases January 2014 Conflict Trends Report

The January 2014 issue of Conflict Trends will first provide an overview of 2013 as captured in Version 4 of the ACLED dataset, before profiling dynamics in North Africa, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan.

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Innovations in Climate Security Research

Known for its innovative research bridging policy and academic spheres, the Robert Strauss Center this year won the esteemed Special Achievements in GIS (SAG) Award for its work mapping security risks related to climate change. The Strauss Center uses Esri's geographic information systems (GIS) technology as part of its Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program to analyze how communities are vulnerable to climate change, understand links between climate change and conflict, and assess the effectiveness of targeting international responses.

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ACLED Releases December Reports

ACLED has released its December issue of Conflict Trends, which examines political unrest and conflict in Central African Republic, Mali, Mauritania, DR-Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Libya and Sudan. In addition to the Conflict Trends report, ACLED also released country profile reports on DR-Congo and Kenya.

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Bridging the Policy Gap with CCAPS Climate Change and Security Mapping

In Research Brief Number 20, CCAPS senior program manager Ashley Moran and CCAPS program coordinator Dominique Thuot discuss a new series of mapping tools that allows users to view data on climate change vulnerability, real-time conflict tracking, and international aid intervention. A combination of scientific, security, governance, and development data allows users access to the many disciplines and large datasets needed to adequately investigate complex security questions.

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Joshua Busby on Climate Change and Conflict in the Sahel Region of Africa

In a recent article for The Global Post, CCAPS researcher Joshua Busby spoke with journalists Tristan McConnell and Nick Loomis about the relationship between climate change and conflict in Africa's Sahel region. Busby cautions against drawing causal links between climate change and conflict, stressing that instability in the Sahel is often the result of structural causes such as economic hardship, secessionist movements and more recently, religious tension caused by the emergence of Al Qaeda in the region.

Development Gateway Launches New Malawi Aid Management Platform (AMP) Portal

This story has been reprinted from Development Gateway's website:

Recently, the Government of Malawi launched a new public portal on foreign aid spending. The portal allows citizens, civil society members, development partners, government employees, and other stakeholders to see detailed information on aid-funded projects.

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Finance NGO Applies CCAPS Climate Aid Methodology in India

A recent report by the Centre for Development Finance (CDF) in India utilized CCAPS' climate aid coding methodology to help develop aid strategies that would assist the Indian central and state governments in implementing State Action Plans on Climate Change. Indian states are currently developing state-level plans aligned with the 2008 National Action Plan on Climate Change to plan for low-carbon and climate-resilient development in their individual states.

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CCAPS Mapping Tools Explore Climate Security

The CCAPS Mapping Tools visualize data on climate change vulnerability, conflict, and aid to analyze how these issues intersect in Africa.