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Conflict, Peace and Development

Global inequality and associated social, environmental, energy, food, and financial crises pose very real humanitarian concerns. These concerns are intensified in countries and regions emerging from conflict, and are the focus of much development policy, programming and practice.

Through partnerships and networks that connect researchers, policy makers, civil society and development practitioners operating at global, regional, and local levels, Square Circle provides expert analysis and support for programs focused on conflict, peace and development. Working with and through traditional and non-traditional institutions of governance, Square Circle takes a relational approach to understanding the causes of conflict and insecurity. We seek to influence peacebuilding and broader development programming to meet the diverse needs of populations under contemporary conditions of inequality.

Square Circle’s team of researchers and practitioners have published on and worked in communities and regions emerging from long-term conflict, as well as those engaged in processes for peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction. We have worked with communities who have experienced violent extremism, natural disasters, environmental conflicts and ethnic tensions. Across all of our projects, we take a locally-driven and strengths-based approach to community resilience and peacebuilding.