The number of people displaced by violence and conflict reached 68.5 million by the end of 2017. BIT is already working to apply behavioural insights to challenges in refugee camps, such as promoting early childhood development and reducing corporal punishment in schools. We are excited to announce that BIT will now work to support peace itself in some of the world’s most fragile states, including Central African Republic, Nigeria and Myanmar.
Last night the Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, UK Minister of State, announced the new Smart Peace programme, funded through the Department for International Development’s UK Aid Connect award. BIT has joined a consortium of leading experts to deliver this work: Conciliation Resources, The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, The Asia Foundation, International Crisis Group, The Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, and Chatham House.
The programme will run for four years, starting with a nine-month co-design phase. It is hoped that the consortium’s different areas of expertise – new conflict resolution techniques, complex conflict analysis, and behavioural change – will lead to a potential step change in approaches to conflict resolution.