Briefs: CCAPS briefs present concise summaries of the goals, methodology, and findings of all studies conducted under the CCAPS program. ACLED conflict trend briefs provide monthly updates on trends in political violence across Africa.
Date:
09 February 2015

February 2015 edition of ACLED's Conflict Trends report focuses on heightened protest activity in Algeria against the government’s proposal to extract shale gas, clashes between Boko Haram and the Cameroon military, Central African Republic, and volatile activity by Al Shabaab in Somalia, and South Sudan.

Date:
05 February 2015

CCAPS Research Brief No. 30 examines how local governments are increasingly confronted with challenges resulting from weather events related to global climate change. This brief examines the efforts made by ten African cities to develop resiliency to climate events.

Date:
04 February 2015

CCAPS Research Brief No. 29 explores how changing weather patterns, driven by global climate change, will generate additional challenges in the growing cities of Africa where high levels of poverty, strained infrastructure systems, and lack of adequate housing already burden local governments.

Date:
22 January 2015

The January 2015 edition of ACLED's Conflict Trends report provides an overview of conflict in 2014 and profiles on-going violence in Central African Republic, civilian-directed violence by political and communal militias in Democratic Republic of Congo, declining protest rates in Egypt, Al Shabaab activity in Kenya, and Boko Haram violence in North-East Nigeria.

Date:
10 December 2014

CCAPS Research Brief No. 28 details the history and controversy surrounding contract farming—also known as outgrower systems— and their potential role as a vehicle for inclusive agricultural growth. This brief pinpoints practices that increase the bargaining power of farmers and the likelihood of positive outcomes for both firms and smallholders. 

Date:
10 December 2014

CCAPS Research Brief No. 27 explores how persistent inequality threatens to undermine development strategies and magnifies exposure to risks for marginalized segments of rural and urban populations. As governments direct more attention to the agricultural sector, what strategies will ensure that increased investment will translate into increased food security? 

Date:
10 December 2014

CCAPS Research Brief No. 26 explores the political, economic, and ecological pros and cons of biotechnology in African agriculture and the critical role of smallholder farmers in the decisionmaking process. Biosafety hazards, climate resilience, and seed systems are discussed to explain biotechnology risks, followed by a discussion of current biotechnology and biofortification uses in Africa to understand regional trends. 

Date:
10 December 2014

CCAPS Research Brief No. 25 looks at how this concept of resilience can be operationalized and explores the implications of a resilience framework on food security interventions in fragile states. It describes how resilience can promote stability through policies that seek to diffuse risk and reduce vulnerability to shocks, and discusses who should be responsible for implementing resilience strategies.

Date:
10 December 2014

In Research Brief No. 24, Cullen Hendrix assesses water security in the Sahel by focusing on Niger and addressing the prospects for local, national, and international institutions to mitigate water conflict. The brief concludes that robust institutions are a critical conflict-mitigating tool and that local-level adaptations may be more effective in addressing water stress than broad national policies.

Date:
10 December 2014

CCAPS researchers Ashley Moran and Clionadh Raleigh, with co-author Yacob Mulugetta, explore how local-level conflict and environmental data can assist policymakers and researchers in assessing links between environmental patterns and violence. The brief, published with GMACC, explores the difficulties of bridging between physical and political phenomena through three ongoing conflicts across Africa: Darfur, Mali, and South Sudan.

Date:
24 November 2014
In CCAPS Research Brief No. 23, Idean Salehyan and Brandon Stewart tackle the question of why dissidents target the government at some times, yet at other times target other actors in society. The brief uses data from the newly expanded Social Conflict Analysis Database, which tracks social conflicts from 1990-2013, and now covers all of Africa, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Date:
07 November 2014

The November 2014 issue of Conflict Trends Report focuses on rebel violence in central Africa’s DR-Congo, on-going and esca-lating volatility in Libya, prospects of peace in Mali as talks continue apace in Algeria, and a review of electoral violence in Mozambique. A special focus topic highlights the dynamics, uses and patterns of remote violence such as that in-volving IEDs and landmines on the continent.

Date:
03 October 2014

In the October 2014 edition of ACLED’s Conflict Trends report, CCAPS researchers Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd report on continued violence of Boko Haram, protest dynamics in Egypt, ongoing unrest in South Sudan, and a special focus on the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Date:
05 September 2014

In the September 2014 edition of ACLED’s Conflict Trends report, CCAPS researchers Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd report on the decrease in violence in some areas of Africa, and the steady increases in others.

Date:
22 August 2014

In Research Brief Number 22, CCAPS researchers Aleksandra Egorova and Cullen Hendrix discuss the possibility of natural disasters providing an opportunity to build peace via negotiated settlements.

Date:
08 August 2014

In the August 2014 edition of ACLED’s Conflict Trends Report, CCAPS researchers Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd profile the escalation of conflict in South Sudan and Uganda alongside the on-going crisis in Somalia, reductions in hostilities in Mozambique, and the short-term drop in violence in Cameroon for the month of July.

Date:
07 July 2014

The July 2014 edition of ACLED's Conflict Trends report explores conflict dynamics in relation to conflict minerals in DR-Congo, the growing security crisis in Kenya, ongoing unrest in Nigeria, clashes between government forces and rebels in Mozambique, and changing dynamics in Mali.

Date:
05 June 2014
In the June 2014 edition of ACLED’s Conflict Trends Report, CCAPS researchers Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd profile the ongoing unrest in the Central African Republic, the attempted peace agreements in Mali, the presidential election in Malawi, student protests in Senegal, and the continuation of violence in Nigeria.

Date:
09 May 2014
In the May 2014 edition of ACLED’s Conflict Trends report, CCAPS researchers Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd examine unrest in Algeria and Tunisia, the ongoing crisis in central Africa, the run up to elections in Malawi and South Africa, and the recent abductions by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Date:
09 April 2014
The April 2014 issue of Conflict Trends report focuses on Central Africa and the Great Lakes Region (Burundi, Central African Republic, DR-Congo, Rwanda, Uganda), Madagascar, South Sudan, and Sudan, with a special report on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report.