Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war

Drugs & (dis)order is a Global Challenges Research Fund project generating new evidence on how to transform illicit drug economies into peace economies in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.

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August 13, 2020

Fragility Forum 2020 – Pathways out of conflicts in borderlands

Guest experts discuss the implications of new research on illicit economies, development and pathways out of conflict in the borderlands at the World Bank Fragility Forum 2020.

Guidance, Publications
October 19, 2020

Data management knowledge exchange

A round-up of data management challenges, solutions and resources shared by 28 multi-partner, multi-country research projects.

September 21, 2020

Jessica: Coca growing, stigmatization, violence and development in Colombia

Jessica's story spotlights the stigmatisation and violence associated with coca farming, as well as the welfare benefits and development it brings to families and communities – it’s a story of hardship, resilience and tough trade-offs.

July 29, 2020

Voices from the borderlands 2020

Insights into how illicit drugs – and drug policies – impact the dynamics of violence and peace, poverty and development, and insecurity and resilience.

July 29, 2020

Jangul: conflict and drug trafficking in Afghanistan's borderlands

This comic tells Jangul's life story, in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan and how he ended up smuggling heroin from Kabul to Moscow.

Research Sites

The research programme will draw on empirical data from Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar


Afghanistan is estimated to produce 90% of heroin consumed in the UK. We're working in three borderland Afghanistan regions.

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Since Colombia's 2016 peace agreement, coca cultivation has expanded. We're working in four Colombian borderland sites.

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Myanmar is the second largest producer of illicit opium in the world. We're working in two Myanmar borderland states.

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Recent Tweets

We're looking forward to the next 'A world with drugs' webinar on tax justice. 4 November 15:30-17.00 GMT. Drugs & (dis)order's Eric Gutierrez joins the @HealthPoverty panel. Register:

#LecturaRecomendada | A propósito de la audiencia pública sobre la prohibición del #glifosato y la próxima que tratará sobre los efectos de la aspersión en la salud, los invitamos a leer el artículo de @DanielMejiaL y @Adcamach de @EconomiaUAndes.

Contrary to popular assumptions the illicit drugs trade can create development opportunities and have a role in building peace. @ian_hamilton_ via @Independent

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