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 conflict 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.

November 11, 2020

Naming the elephant in the room to imagine better policy

'Illicit economies are the elephant in the room when policies are formulated and programmes designed'.

November 3, 2020

Colombia: does peace still have a chance?

There’s an important role for international actors, especially those that invested a lot of money, time and expertise into supporting peace negotiations in Colombia, which were a really important part of that process.

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.

Publications, Report
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.

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

Reflecting on how to approach creating alternatives to failed policy narratives on illicit economies, peace & development; with wise reflection on trade-offs and dilemmas from @Orzala @fgutierrezsanin @Drugs_disorder @ChristianAidIrl @MarinaCaparini

🗨️ Voices from the #Myanmar borderlands on rising levels of drug use #drugpolicy #illicitdrugs

Explore and add to this database of incidents of violence related to forced eradication of illicit crops policy in Colombia by @iepri_bog @UNALOficial @OrdpaTierras

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