The XCEPT Research Fund is commissioning research on coalition, multilateral, and coordinated interventions in varied cross-border conflict contexts. Through analysis of policy interventions, the research should examine challenges to and opportunities for enhanced coordination among regional and international actors to support conflict stabilisation and prevention across borders, and the effectiveness of multi-actor interventions to counter transnational threats.
The research will contribute to a wider portfolio of research on how conflicts connect across borders and how policy responses should adapt, as part of the UK aid-funded Cross-border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme.
Recurrent violence, complex humanitarian crises, massive population displacement, and the intersection of conflict, climate stresses, crime, and violent extremism underscore the need to bolster what the UN has termed the ‘peace continuum’ – the mix of peacekeeping, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and development tools aimed at restoring stability and enhancing conflict prevention.
XCEPT seeks to understand how regional bodies or coalitions of actors may better respond to conflict across multiple affected countries, and how international responses to conflict – political, humanitarian, security, and development – may be better integrated to promote stability. Research may address improved interaction among interventions at local, national, and regional levels, with a focus on how programme and policy adaptation can help address the transnational dimensions of conflict.
This is the Expression of Interest phase. A second phase, including a full proposal, will follow.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST HAS NOW PASSED.