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Addressing and Mitigating Violence: Uptake Strategy, Year Two Update

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Introduction

Research uptake: For the purposes of this report we define uptake as the acknowledgement and use of evidence-based recommendations by those key stakeholders who we want to influence (i.e. whose behaviour or attitudes we are seeking to change).

The overarching purpose of the Addressing and Mitigating Violence (AMV) theme is to generate useful analysis to tackle policy dilemmas relating to ‘newer’ forms of violence and organised crime. Across the contexts where we work, we will undertake a multilevel governance analysis with a multi-actor governance approach to better understand the contributions of and possibilities for convergence between state and non-state stakeholder efforts in different policy spaces. An important goal of work across the AMV theme will be to increase the capabilities of partners and stakeholders in each of the contexts where we work to identify more effective ways of influencing policy.

The year two work delivered additional case studies to support the two sub-themes operating in year one and embarked on a third theme.

Theme One

Strengthening core state functions and citizen agencies to mitigate and prevent routine forms of violence as well as organised violence and crime.

In year one the work in Nigeria and Sierra Leone focused on the ‘core state function’ aspect of the sub-theme, whilst year two work in Egypt, Kenya, and Cape Town/Mumbai provides a complementary focus on the ‘citizen agency’ element.

Theme Two

Improving access to livelihoods, jobs and basic services in violent contexts, including in large urban settings.

This work focused on Maharashtra, India and Nairobi, Kenya in year one, and in Kathmandu and Terai, Nepal in year two.

Theme Three (new)

External stresses and violence mitigation in fragile contexts.

The work in this new sub-theme first developed a comprehensive and nuanced framework for policy analysis that was then applied to the cases of Guinea-Bissau and the member states of the Mano River Union – Guinea-Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.

Alongside this thematic work a series of Key Issue Policy briefs support the programme outputs. This strategy is a working document that reflects uptake as an ongoing process that is responsive to emerging policy opportunities, learning and partnership activities.

As the AMV programme progresses through years three and four, the strategy will be continually updated and strengthened through incorporating new approaches to knowledge uptake and dissemination based on ongoing learning.

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