Comparative Postconflict Recovery Project (CPRP)

In October 2012, the Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded Emory University major funding for a comparative project on recovery from conflict in West Africa and Southeast Asia, entitled "The Comparative Postconflict Recovery Project: New Solutions for Building Livable Peace In and Beyond West Africa."

The goal of CPRP is to identify, cultivate, and enhance positive postconflict development in the four countries of the Mano River region of West Africa (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Ivory Coast); to comparatively assess emergent recovery following civil war or traumatic sociopolitical transition in selected countries of Inner Asia and Southeast Asia; and to explore the applicability of these patterns to postconflict recovery across Sub-Saharan Africa.  To do this, a methodological goal is to facilitate, refine, and highlight local and national knowledge by African professionals concerning statebuilding in relation to peacebuilding ¿ and to throw this knowledge into positive relief through cross-regional comparison with postconflict recovery in selected parts of Inner and Southeast Asia.

Bruce M. Knauft, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology, is program director for the project.

Senior Project Collaborator is Dr. Michael McGovern, Associate Professor, University of Michigan.