ILPI has a pool of highly qualified researchers, several senior staff with PhDs, including staff with professor qualifications within human rights, peace and conflict studies, and humanitarian law. Additionally, we have an extensive and well qualified global network of expert individuals and institutions able to provide in-depth empirical knowledge of a particular country, as well as multi-disciplinary analyses. We carry out basic research projects as well as flexible and creative mixed-methods approaches for both formative and summative evaluations to inform policy and practice and analytical processes. ILPI is experienced in qualitative data collection and analysis and also small and larger-scale quantitative data surveys and analysis; for example longitudinal panel based surveys and mobile phone surveys.
Our research includes social sciences – with emphasis on political and anthropological studies – human rights and humanitarian law; as well as analysis of war and conflict, peace and reconciliation processes, and post-conflict reconstructions. ILPI has researched and analysed processes of state formation and constitutional reform, elections and democratisation processes, international and multi-stakeholder development programmes, local economies and patterns of production, social and political consequences of conflict, gender-based violence and women´s social, political and economic empowerment, entry points for change, post-conflict rehabilitation and reintegration processes, international, regional and national legal frameworks, and obstacles to their implementation.
ILPI has expertise in delivering purely research-based investigations and analyses, resulting in reports, academic articles, or books. Typically, such projects address more complex current affairs issues, such as Islamism in the Horn of Africa, political reconciliation and conflict in Zanzibar, arms and arms control, or for instance a comparative study of the legal frameworks of sexual and gender based violence in DR Congo and Uganda.
ILPI’s expertise in providing analysis of complex issues and processes is gaining recognition among a growing number of clients, such as the World Bank, UNDP, and various countries’ authorities, including the British Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Development (DfID), the Tanzanian, Ethiopian and Zanzibari authorities, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Norad, SIDA, and a number of international organizations.
With a broad joint language base, including many of the key Horn of Africa and sub-Saharan vernaculars, ILPI undertakes field assignments across these regions, but also through the Sahel belt and West Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.