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Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict - TAMNEAC

Completed Project

Project Management

Kati Schindler

Project Period

January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2014

Commissioned by

7th Framework Programme of the European Commission
Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN)

In Cooperation With

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
Institute of Development Studies, UK
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Oxford Policy Management, UK
PlaNet Guarantee, France
Institut d’Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC), Spain
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

The overall objective of the Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) is to train a young generation of professionals and researchers in tackling the challenges associated with mass violent conflict in developing countries. This training will range from rigorous research methods to knowledge-based policy responses and program implementation in conflict-affected countries.

TAMNEAC analyses the drivers, forms and socio-economic consequences of various types of mass violent conflict, including war, from an economic perspective, as well as the risk management strategies of individuals and households to cope with conflict.

TAMNEAC's research approach aims for important breakthroughs in the economic analysis of conflict. Reflecting on the interactive processes that outbreaks of violent conflict generate and from which they are derived, eight themes have been chosen for further research. These themes are clustered into three research areas:

  • Conflict Drivers: violence and household behavior, polarization and conflict, and natural resources and conflict
  • Risk Management: coping strategies, labor market and human capital, agriculture and trade, and risk management through microinsurance
  • Social Consequences: marriage and household formation, and maternal health and conflict

Find more information about the project on the TAMNEAC website.

The Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) is comprised of eight core project partners:

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany
Coping Strategies, Labor Market and Human Capital - Tilman Brück

Institute of Development Studies, UK
Violence and Household Behaviour - Patricia Justino

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Marriage and Household Formation - Philip Verwimp

Oxford Policy Management, UK
Natural Resources and Conflict - Stephen Jones

PlaNet Guarantee, France
Risk Management through Microinsurance - Sabrina Régent

Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC), Spain
Polarization and Conflict - Joan Esteban

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway
Maternal and Reproductive Health - Henrik Urdal

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Agriculture and Trade - Harald von Witzke

Associated Partners of TAMNEAC inlude:

  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Sweden
    International Alert (Alert), United Kingdom
  • ActionAid (ActionAid), United Kingdom
  • Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), Uganda
  • Institute for Human Development (IHD), India
  • Planet Finance Germany (PFD), Germany
  • Ministry of Agriculture (MinAg), Mozambique
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Spain
  • UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Netherlands
  • University Centre for Economic and Social Development Research (CURDES), Burundi
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
    Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC), USA


    TAMNEAC Training Camp in Uganda, 23 - 28 April 2012

    The consortium of the Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) held its second project meeting in Uganda on 23-28 April 2012. The Workshop on 23-24 April took place in cooperation with Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) in Kampala, followed by the Training Camp in the post-conflict area in Northern Uganda. The programme of the event can be downloaded here (PDF, 172.18 KB).


    TAMNEAC Kick-off Workshop in Berlin, 31 October - 3 November 2011

    The consortium of the Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC) held its first meeting on 31 October - 3 November 2011 at DIW Berlin. The Kick-Off Workshop brought together core and associated partners of the network as well as TAMNEAC Marie Curie fellows. Participants included academics, policymakers, NGO staff and private sector representatives. Scientific Coordinator of the project, Tilman Brück (DIW Berlin and Humboldt-University of Berlin), opened the workshop, introducing the project and giving an overview of its aims and objectives. Three major research areas of the project, conflict drivers, risk management and social consequences of conflict, were presented by Jean-Pierre Tranchant (IDS), Tilman Brück and Philip Verwimp (ULB), respectively, who also talked about data and research gaps. TAMNEAC fellows presented their research ideas and received feedback from the workshop participants.

    The key speech was given by Håvard Strand from the Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO. In his presentation, titled "Searching for the New Frontiers of Conflict Research", he talked about the state of the art and new research horizons in conflict studies. Please follow the link to see the full presentation on YouTube

    The workshop also included presentations of TAMNEAC Associated Partners: Vesna Matovic from International Alert, Eulalia Macome from the Ministry of Agriculture of Mozambique and Prudence Ndayishimiye from the Centre for Economic and Social Development Research (CURDES), University of Burundi.
    The first two days of the workshop were followed by the initial training for TAMNEAC fellows, organised by DIW Berlin.

    The Kick-off Workshop was an opportunity to introduce the research agenda and provide a platform to exploit synergies between different research initiatives.

    TAMNEAC Introduction (PDF, 169.32 KB)
    Tilman Brück, DIW Berlin and Humboldt-University of Berlin

    Project implementation: practical issues (PDF, 1.26 MB)
    Mira Purska, DIW Berlin

    Session I: Conflict drivers
    Research gaps and data (PDF, 54.29 KB)
    Jean‐Pierre Tranchant, IDS

    The effect of conflict on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (PDF, 0.59 MB)
    Alia Aghajanian, IDS

    The impact of conflict on children's development
    Yashodhan Ghorpade, IDS

    Social networks and the economics of information in collective action and conflict (PDF, 140.77 KB)
    Andrew Gianou, CSIC

    Conflict drivers: natural resource management regimes and social, economic and environmental pressures (PDF, 72.59 KB)
    Kari Lipschutz, OPM

    Session II: Social consequences
    Research gaps and data (PDF, 12.38 KB)
    Philip Verwimp, ULB

    Essays on micro‐insurance in fragile states (PDF, 315.4 KB)
    Jesse Willem d'Anjou, ULB

    The challenges of socioeconomics research in the Burundi post-conflict context
    Prudence Ndayishimiye, CURDES

    Maternal and reproductive health and armed conflicts in Sub‐Saharan Africa (PDF, 97.59 KB)
    Chi Primus Che, PRIO

    Session III: Risk management
    Research gaps and data (PDF, 70.14 KB)
    Tilman Brück, DIW Berlin and Humboldt-University of Berlin

    Employment prospects and educational choices in a post-war setting
    Ghassan Baliki, DIW Berlin

    Risk coping and risk reduction strategies (PDF, 43.94 KB)
    Margerita Calderone, DIW Berlin

    Small enterprise and post conflict development (PDF, 161.86 KB)
    Nathan Fiala, DIW Berlin

    Risk Management through agricultural microinsurance (PDF, 0.65 MB)
    Karla Henning, Planet Guarantee

    Agri-trade policies and conflict: Insights from a computable general equilibrium model
    Isin Tellioglu, Humboldt-University of Berlin

    Peacebuilding - understanding concepts and practice
    Vesna Matovic, International Alert

    Keynote speech: Searching for the new frontiers of Conflict Research (YouTube)
    Håvard Strand, PRIO

    Economic research and policy-making
    Eulalia Macome, Ministry of Agriculture of Mozambique

    Data and ethics in research (PDF, 64.66 KB)
    Philip Verwimp, ULB

    Finishing your PhD (PDF, 13.41 KB)
    Nathan Fiala, DIW Berlin