Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war

Drugs and (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 12, 2019

Colombia’s national illicit crop substitution programme: voices from the cocoa farms

To inform debates on the future of Colombia's illicit crop substitution programme, this event shares the results of a participatory study with cocoa farmers.

July 11, 2019

Peace, illicit drugs and the SDGs: a development gap

Peace, drug economies and the SDGs, policy brief launch and expert panel discussion.

July 8, 2019

Consortium workshop 2019

This project-wide workshop brings together the Drugs and (dis)order team from four countries to share emerging findings and plan for the year ahead.

August 12, 2019

What you didn’t know about Mexico’s opium crisis

The drug fentanyl is devastating Mexican poppy cultivating communities, but it could be an unprecedented opportunity for Mexico.

July 22, 2019

A curious case of unusual economic transformation

Explaining and challenging dominant narratives around illicit crops and development.

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

📣 Call for proposals. If you're a researcher working on #illicitdrugs in Latin America, join the first conference of @redesdal in October 2019, Mexico and submit your paper

What drives people to #violence? What #governments should spend more on to promote #peace?
In the #PeacePoll2018, our member @intalert w/@BritishCouncil & @RIWIdata, asked more than 100,000 people their views about peace and conflict #CSOsForPeace 👏🔗

1era conferencia de REDESDAL, Red de Estudios Sobre Drogas en América Latina, octubre, México. Envíen sus propuestas: @CesedUniandes
@PoliSciatNU @CentroOds @Drugs_disorder

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